아기다리 고기다리 던 멀러(Robert S. Mueller III)의 특검 수사보고서가 나왔는데
미국을 위해서는 다행스럽게도 "Smoking Gun"은 없었다. after 22 months.
이쯤에서 워싱턴 정가(政街)가 정상적인 국정과 민생을 돌보는 일에
더 많은 시간을 할애했으면 하는 바램이다.
BUT 민주당 국회(상/하원)의원들의 반응을 보면 가관이다.
그렇게 전지전능의 하나님 처럼 떠받들던 특별검사 멀러의 보고서를
못 믿겠다는 얘기이다. 한때 "물위를 걸을 수 있다"는 그들의 멀러였다.
멀러의 특검 수사보고서에 대한 의회용 4페이지 요약본에 의하면
"러시아 정부와의 공모"혐의가 없고 러시아 정부가 "2016년 미국 대통령 선거에
개입"을 했다는 증거가 없다는 것이고
"사법행위에 대한 방해"(obstruction of justice)에 대해서도 기소를 할 만한
증거는 확보하지 못하였다는 것이다
이에 따라 윌리엄 바(William Barr) 법무장관은 러시아 의혹 관련 모든 법적 논란을 종결하였다.
"Mr. Barr wrote to lawmakers informing them that he and his deputy, Rod J. Rosenstein, had concluded that investigators lacked evidence that the president had illegally obstructed justice, though Mr. Mueller stopped short of exonerating the president." (http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/barrs-declaration-on-trump-puts-justice-dept-back-in-political-crucible/ar-BBVe0Ft)
약 22개월 간의 수사기간 동안에 특검사무실은 아래와 같이
많은 인원을 동원하여 방대한 자료를 조사하였다.
the special counsel’s office employed 19 lawyers and was assisted by about 40 F.B.I. agents,
intelligence analysts, forensic accountants and other staff. About 500 witnesses were interviewed,
and 13 foreign governments were asked to turn over evidence.
Over all, the special counsel’s office issued more than 2,800 subpoenas,
executed nearly 500 search warrants and obtained more than 230 orders
for communications records.
"뉴욕타임스紙"(The New York Times)와 "금일 유에스에이"(USA Today)의
기사를 참고삼아 읽어 보시길요.
그 다음에는 첨부한 유튜브의 팍스 뉴스(Fox News)를 들어보시길요.
사족을 하나 달자면 중앙일보의 기자님들은 무슨 이유에서
특별검사 로버트 멀러 3세(Robert Mueller III)를 "뮬러"라고 계속 쓰는지 알 수가 없다.
이것을 외국어의 한글 표기법이라고 우길 수는 없을 터이고
이 분들은 TV/Radio News나 청문회의 중계들도 보고 듣지 않는 분들인지.
샌 호제이, 샌 호세/San Jose를 "새너제이"라고 우기는 분들이니까 할말은 없지만.
또 거기에 방 한칸 얻어 이 글을 쓰고 앉았으니 헐.
"The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or
coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,"
Mueller's report concluded, according to Barr. But the special counsel said he couldn't reach
a conclusion on the question of obstruction of justice:
"While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime,
it also does not exonerate him."
WASHINGTON ? The investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III found no evidence that President Trump or any of his aides coordinated with the Russian government’s 2016 election interference, according to a summary of the special counsel’s key findings made public on Sunday by Attorney General William P. Barr.
Mr. Mueller, who spent nearly two years investigating Moscow’s determined effort to sabotage the last presidential election, found no conspiracy “despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign,” Mr. Barr wrote in a letter to lawmakers .
Mr. Mueller’s team drew no conclusions about whether Mr. Trump illegally obstructed justice, Mr. Barr said, so he made his own decision. The attorney general and his deputy, Rod J. Rosenstein, determined that the special counsel’s investigators had insufficient evidence to establish that the president committed that offense.
He cautioned, however, that Mr. Mueller’s report states that “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on the obstruction of justice issue.
Mr. Barr’s letter said that the special counsel’s office employed 19 lawyers and was assisted by about 40 F.B.I. agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants and other staff. About 500 witnesses were interviewed, and 13 foreign governments were asked to turn over evidence.
Over all, the special counsel’s office issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants and obtained more than 230 orders for communications records.
The Justice Department regulations governing the Mueller inquiry only required the special counsel to give a succinct, confidential report to the attorney general explaining his decisions to either seek ? or decline to seek ? further criminal charges. Mr. Mueller operated under tighter restrictions than similar past inquiries, notably the investigation of President Bill Clinton by Ken Starr, who ended up delivering a 445-page report in 1998 that contained lascivious details about an affair the president had with a White House intern.
Mr. Mueller will not recommend new indictments, ending speculation that he might charge some of Mr. Trump’s aides in the future. The Justice Department’s general practice is not to identify the targets of its investigations if prosecutors decide not to bring charges, so as not to tarnish their reputations. Mr. Rosenstein emphasized this point in a speech last month.
“It’s important,” Mr. Rosenstein said, “for government officials to refrain from making allegations of wrongdoing when they’re not backed by charges that we are prepared to prove in court.”
Sharon LaFraniere contributed reporting.
풀 텍스트는 위의 웹페이지에서 읽으시길요.
Media talking heads
Pundits, cable television analysts and Democratic surrogates breathlessly anticipated each new development in Mueller's investigation over the past two years, hyping up the special counsel's potential endgame.
Those who at various times predicted additional indictments involving the president's family or a declaration of Trump's guilt have been left with egg on their face. (아마 한국 같았으면 똥/dung=shits을 썼겠지만)
Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems eye next stage in Mueller fightSanders: 'No discussion' of pardoning former Trump aidesWhite House exults on Mueller victory lapMORE (D-Calif.)
Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, became a staple on Sunday morning talk shows in recent months as he insisted that evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was in “plain sight.”
Earlier this month, the California Democrat said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that emails between a Russian intermediary offering dirt on 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Jr. represented “direct evidence” of collusion, and he pointed to “abundant circumstantial evidence”
as well. Mueller's findings did not confirm his assertions, however, and conservatives took notice.
“Adam Schiff should resign,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said. "He has no right as somebody who has been peddling a lie day after day after day unchallenged. Unchallenged and not under oath. Somebody should have put him under oath and said, 'You have evidence, where is it?’”
Ex-Obama administration officials
Former Department of Justice and FBI officials who served in the Obama administration have already been a favored target among conservatives, and the conclusion of Mueller's investigation is likely to exacerbate that.
Former FBI Director James Brien Comey, former CIA Director James Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have taken heat for their role in the genesis of the investigation into Russian interference.
Brennan has emerged as a fervent Trump critic, and regularly weighed in on the special counsel's investigation. He said earlier this month that he wouldn't have been surprised to see additional indictments from Mueller, though no such indictments ever came.
He acknowledged on Monday that he “suspected there was more than there actually was” to the collusion investigation.
“I am relieved that it's been determined there was not a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government over our election,” Brennan added. “I think that is good news for the country.”
Trump suggested that those who perpetuated the investigation should face consequences. He did not specify who he was talking about, other than to say they “lied to Congress.”
“There are a lot of people out there that have done some very, very evil things. Very bad things. I would say treasonous things against our country,” Trump said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“And hopefully the people that have done such harm to our country ... those people will certainly be looked at,” he continued. “I’ve been looking at them for a long time and I'm saying, why haven't they been looked at?”
The case for removing Trump from office took a hit with the summary of Mueller's core findings, as they did not explicitly accuse the president of high crimes or misdemeanors.
Still, some of the most ardent proponents of impeachment were unfazed by Mueller's findings.
Rep. Al Green(D-Texas) argued that the special counsel's investigation did not address “bigotry,” a major force behind the congressman's push for impeachment.
Tom Steyer, a Democratic donor who has poured millions of dollars into his anti-Trump "Need to Impeach" campaign, said in a statement that Congress should call for the release of the full Mueller report before moving on.
“Congress must make its own determination from the direct evidence uncovered by the special prosecutor and the criminal and impeachable actions by Trump that have already come to light,” he said.
Potential Trump primary challengers
Had Mueller delivered a blow to Trump by implicating him in a conspiracy or obstruction, the president's critics within the party may have had an opening to argue for an alternative atop the ticket in 2020.
Barr’s release of Mueller's main findings is likely to solidify Trump's support among his base, which had not wavered even as the president's former associates were implicated in the investigation over the past 22 months.
A CNN poll conducted earlier this month showed 89 percent of Republican respondents gave Trump positive marks. That number, and Trump's overall approval rating, could enjoy at least a brief boost immediately following the publication of Barr's summary.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) has taken steps to ensure Trump has the full backing of the party's infrastructure heading into 2020, and party leadership has sought to ward off any challengers.
Mueller's findings could further discourage those weighing a primary bid. "
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