Key Take-Aways: You start seeing stories like this when one side is losing very badly. And it’s not Mueller’s Team. Folks in the White House are now at the stage where they will begin to leak stories that paint them in sympathetic lights. They all want a soft landing spot when this shitshow is over. So I’d look for more background pieces like this. The fact that the IDIOT can’t seem to understand that the DOJ doesn’t work for him, but for the American Public has caused him to commit numerous acts of Obstruction of Justice. Either he’s incapable of grasping this or doesn’t care. And having his people go out and make the argument that it’s not really Obstruction because he didn’t go through with the firing, is ridiculous. And they know this.
Key Take-Away: Renato lays out the case he believes Mueller has. And this is without all the facts that Mueller has. He’s simply using what’s in the public arena, and even that is quite damning. I’d also add that it’s obvious that Mueller felt compelled to move on this piece now to parry any additional attempts The IDIOT planned to make with respect to firing him. We also now have greater clarity into why allies of The IDIOT have been in a frenzy the last month or so. Should be a fun February.
Key Take-Away: IT’S GO TIME FOLKS! Time to put an end to This Administration. It’s my understanding that Obstruction of Justice is locked in and has been for six months. It’s my understanding that Mueller and Team want to go ahead and close this piece out. You also see now why Rep. Devin Nunes has been in a panic lately.
As I’ve said for months, this was a Three Act Play. We’re now getting ready to begin Act 1. The purpose of this is to get Impeachment over and done with. The more serious charges await.
Key Take-Away by Beauchamp: Current DOJ policy is that sitting presidents cannot be indicted in criminal court as a matter of constitutional law. Some scholars dispute that; my colleague Dylan Matthews has an excellent overview of the debate. But the fact that an indictment is constitutionally dubious means that Rosenstein is unlikely to greenlight bringing charges.
An alternative would be Rosenstein issuing a report detailing evidence of Trump’s alleged crimes, a document lawmakers could use in any impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Impeachment is the clearest and most constitutionally straightforward punishment for crimes by a sitting president, and the one most likely to lead to Trump’s removal from office. This means that no matter how strong Mueller’s evidence is, Trump’s fate would most likely to be decided on Capitol Hill — in a profoundly political vote.