A former FBI agent weighed in on the findings of the 22-month long Robert Mueller investigation.
Luke William Hunt used to worked under Mueller. He explained that the investigating of obstruction claims against President Donald Trump was a difficult task for his former boss.
“The President as the Commander in Chief, as the chief executive, has tremendous power — tremendous discretion to do things like fire officials,” Hunt said.
It can be tough to decipher the intent of someone’s actions, including the President’s.
“On the one hand you could say look, it’s just within his normal power to fire someone like James Comey,” he explains. “On the other hand, if he’s doing that to obstruct an investigation, that’s certainly inappropriate, but it’s really difficult to prove what is in his mind.”
Many people have commented on how Attorney General William Barr’s summary reached the verdict that the president did not obstruct justice. Mueller concluded there was no underlying crime that suggested the goal of obstruction. While the report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it does not exonerate him.
“There was no criminal intent that the Attorney General thought he could pin on the President based on the evidence that he saw from Mueller’s report,” Hunt said. “We don’t know the full story yet of how [Attorney General Barr] reached that conclusion and what sort of legal analysis he went through,”
Although the special counsel did not provide proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, Hunts says people should come to terms with the fact that Russian played a role in trying to impact the nation’s election process.
“We had over 30 people indicted, 25 of those were Russian agents.”
There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered, including whether the full report will be released to Congress and the public soon?
Hunt’s next question: “Were there any criminal matters that were uncovered as part of the Russian investigation that Mueller referred out to other jurisdictions?”
These other criminal matters could deal with campaign finance violations and other business dealings, and whether these issues could gain traction as things move forward. With the investigation now over, Hunt hopes the county will receive some level of closure.
On Monday, Attorney General Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein began the process of finding out how much of the findings from the Mueller investigation can be released to the public domain.
President Donald Trump says he would be okay with putting the whole report in the public domain.
Much of the underlying documentation Democrats want to see would be subject to executive privilege.