House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement on the Mueller Report at 2 pm. It said:
The differences are stark between what Attorney General Barr said on obstruction and what Special Counsel Mueller have said on obstruction.
As we continue to review the report, one thing is clear: Barr presented a conclusion that the president did not obstruct justice while Mueller’s report appears to undercut that finding,
Yes, that’s it.
Imagine calling the Attorney General a liar and not offering any supporting evidence.
Pelosi and Schumer are signaling that they plan to keep on beating a dead horse. Given that the collusion ship has sailed, they have pivoted to the question of obstruction.
Since they failed to offer us a clue as to what they see as the differences between what Barr and Mueller have said on obstruction, I’ll assume it’s because Mueller and his minions were determined to leave the impression that Trump really did obstruct justice. They simply didn’t have quite enough evidence to prove obstruction beyond a reasonable doubt, so they carefully chose language that would allow the left to keep the door open on this issue. It was their goal to maintain the suspicion which has engulfed the Trump presidency from the beginning.
If there were anything definitive in the report, Pelosi and Schumer would have included it in their statement. “Mueller’s report appears to undercut Barr’s finding because on page 245, he includes…”
The National Review’s Andy McCarthy appeared on Fox News directly following Barr’s press conference and explained that “intent” is the determining factor in an obstruction charge. Did Trump fire FBI Director James Comey to end the counterintelligence investigation into Russia collusion? Obviously, Trump knew the investigation would survive Comey’s firing.
Even if it had been Trump’s intent, as we know, a government appointee serves at the pleasure of the president and can be fired anytime, for any reason. This never should have been an issue.
Pelosi and Schumer see the writing on the wall. The nearly three year long deep state conspiracy is about to be blown wide open and they’re trying to keep the focus on obstruction to steer the conversation away from it.
Time to bring out the big guns, Mr. President.