If and when journalists read the best analysis to date of the second part of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report, they’ll be in for a shock.
Part one of the report, though heavily redacted, has a simple conclusion that continues to reverberate through American politics: There was no conspiracy between President Trump, any member of his family or campaign staff, indeed between the Russian government and any American. Having come up empty on conspiracy charges — against anyone — the Mueller report turned to a series of accounts that can be summarized as “The president did these things, and they might be obstruction of justice.” (It is indeed possible to violate prohibitions on obstruction of justice without an underlying crime. While rare, such cases do exist.
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