Trump and the Mueller Report

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Trump and the Mueller Report

Eli Frohmann-Matthews, Head Political Correspondent

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Based on the evidence presented in the Mueller Report, Donald Trump should be impeached because of his actions. Nobody should be above the law, including the President.

First off what is the Mueller Report? For those of you who don’t know, the report is the result of the Mueller investigation, which was an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. After James Comey a former FBI Director who was already conducting an investigation into Russian interference was fired by President Trump in May of 2017, Rod Rosenstein, who was in charge of the special counsel’s investigation, appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller, who in finishing his investigation, released the Mueller report.

 

On April 19, The Mueller Report was released. In this report, there were numerous instances in which President Trump obstructed justice or had the intent to seal certain information. So, what was in this report that has many fired up and ready to impeach?

 

The first instance of possible obstruction is involving Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who left the Trump presidency after he lied to administration officials such as Vice President Mike Pence and FBI agents about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. On the day that Trump found out that Flynn lied to a bunch of people, he went to dinner with James Comey and is quoted as asking for loyalty from him. Trump is also quoted as saying to an outside advisor “Now that we fired Flynn, the Russia thing is over,” on the same day Trump is quoted as saying to Comey “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,”

 

The next instance is Trump’s decision to fire James Comey who had previously been leading the investigation into Russian interference. By the time of the termination of Comey, Trump was fully aware of the investigation of Flynn and Russian interference. After firing Comey, the White House claimed it was done at the recommendation of the Department of Justice. In the report it quotes “The day after firing Comey, the President told Russian officials that he had “faced great pressure because of Russia.” Later inquiries would reveal that Trump never consulted the Justice Department and Trump himself would say he “decided to just do it.” The termination of Comey would be considered obstruction of justice if Trump, by firing Comey, had the intent to impede the Russian investigation that Comey was heading.

 

The third instance is from a meeting that took place on June 6, 2016, between Trump Campaign aides and a Russian lawyer with “Damaging information about Hillary Clinton” Mr. Trump told his aides “not to publicly disclose the emails setting up the June 9 meeting, suggesting that the email would not leak and that the number of lawyers with access to them should be limited.” The question in all this is did Trump try to stop this information getting out and what damaging information did Trump acquire about his competitor Hillary Clinton?

 

That is just some of what was in the 480 page Mueller report. In conclusion to the release of this report, many Democrats Immediately called for justice and the impeachment of Trump. Just to be clear, impeachment is not removing him from office, to impeach the President or another federal official is to bring a charge of wrongdoing against them then the accused goes to trial with the Senate acting as a court. The question is will it happen?

 

In my opinion, I feel that Trump should be impeached and face charges for obstruction and other offenses, however, I feel that he should not be removed from office. For Trump to removed from office the US Senate would have to vote on his removal but I believe the Senate would never vote yes to removing him from office because it is a Republican-run Senate. So from where I’m sitting, Trump’s position as POTUS is secure. But again in my opinion, no one is above the law and he should face consequences for his many actions.