The options for checking a president who abuses his power to the degree that Trump has are functionally impeachment proceedings or nothing.
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Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, and he did not conclude that President Trump had obstructed justice. But he did not exonerate the president either.
Barr’s letter contains good news for the president, but it also raises ominous questions that only Mueller’s report can answer.
On Tuesday, I interviewed FBI Director Chris Wray at the 2019 RSA Conference. We discussed about how the Director views the cyber threat landscape 18 months into his term, his concerns about the threats posed by Russia and China, what the FBI is doing to protect the 2020 elections, and more.
Right now—before any information is public—is an excellent time to set some ground rules regarding how people should engage this material.
The indictment alleges that Stone and WikiLeaks were together coordinating between the Russian government and the Trump campaign over the release of information stolen by the Kremlin.
The criminality alleged in this story is—if true—unsubtle and unambiguous, directly related to the president’s conduct as president and concerning matters of great import.