Trump called on spy chiefs for help as Mueller probe began

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  • G-Day-M8 Where is Waldo, UT
    April 23, 2019 5:09 p.m.

    Trump haters gunna hate no matter the FACTs.

    Fact. No collusion.

    Fact. No underlying crime to obstruct.

    Fact. Prosecutors prosecute.

    Fact. Prosecutors don't exonerate.

  • Eponymous Eggplant Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2019 3:36 p.m.

    President Trump's response to the special counsel's appointment is comparable to resisting arrest when it's known the accusation that led to the arrest was bogus. That's what dirty cops do. By analogy, the corrupt all-powerful state is furious that its targeted victim (President Trump) didn't bow down before it and submit (i.e., resign). The state expresses that fury by claiming attempts to stop its corrupt acts were "obstruction."

    The fair-minded and optimistic among us believed that when the Mueller Report proved that the press had lied for years, the jig would be up, it would issue mea culpas, and attempt to report honestly. Instead, it has simply doubled down on the deception.

    The truth is probably going to come out only in dribs and drabs, like the NYT's admission that the Steele dossier might very well have been Russian propaganda. Or Bob Woodward's admission that the Steele dossier was "garbage" and that its role should be investigated. Of all the reporters on the left, Glenn Greenwald was the only one to get it right from the start.

  • Laxman Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2019 11:27 a.m.

    I think it is very interesting and funny that Trump supporters think that everyone is lying and fake news. Only Trump tells the truth.

  • Itsjustpyrite Magna, UT
    April 22, 2019 6:46 p.m.

    @ worf trump is about as clean as a coal miner in virginia, who, btw, is still looking for a job.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    April 22, 2019 6:13 p.m.

    In early America, a person was presumed innocent until proven guilty.

    Now! The president of the United States is presumed guilty without a shred of evidence until he is proven innocent. Guilt through a mob mentality.

    No evidence required.

    Again! Mr Trump is cleaner than the average American citizen and politician.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    April 22, 2019 4:21 p.m.

    I am sorely disappointed in the weak defenses put out by Trump defenders.

    The "but Obama" or "but Hillary!" defense is lame. Wrong is wrong is wrong, well to most of us anyway. If Obama did do it, or Hillary or any other political actor did it, that does not make it right. Trump is just the one holding the bag now.

    The Mueller investigation being a partisan witch hunt is another knee slapper. That's silly given that Mueller is a Republican, along with most of the other actors involved. Oh, to be sure, there are some Democrats in the Justice Department. So what, but there weren't even that many of the Mueller team who identified that way anyhow.

    However, my all time favorite, limp excuse has got to be that the President was frustrated that the so-called Mainstream Media along with the Devil Democrats were out to de-legitimatize the Trump Presidency,causing the President to lash out incoherently. And so incoherently and illegally that many of his close staff refused to carry out his orders, or kept notes to cover their behinds. Trump attempted to do things that he knew or should have known to be illegal. That's a doozie of an excuse.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    April 22, 2019 2:59 p.m.

    Comrade Trump Supporters, to put this into a context you can understand:

    Would you have allowed OBAMA to;

    Ask Russians for assistance in finding Hillary's emails?

    Run for office with a 28 year history of doing business in Russia?

    Let his wife in the White House knowing she lived in this country illegally?

    Hide his tax returns and hide his wealth?

    Lie 10,000 times with no consequences?

    Stand before the world and denounce our own intelligence agencies and then take Putin's word as honest?

    Fire everyone who does not agree with him?

    Make racist comments?

    Profit from his position as President while still in office?

    Hire his family with no security clearances?

    Fire Comey then meet with the Russians?

    And on, and on, and on!

    I very well doubt it, Obama would have been empeached and imprisoned.

  • Sportsfan123 Herriman, UT
    April 22, 2019 1:36 p.m.

    Happy heretic

    "Just because you don't understand the law any better than donald jr. for who that's apparently an excuse to break the law, isn't our fault"

    Huh ?

    "No crime is needed to be charged with obstruction of justice", "educate yourself"

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but the comment about don jr. I am assuming said poster is referring to the tower meeting? If so, mueller completely cleared them of any wrong doing in page 95 of the report.

    As far as "no crime needed for obstruction of justice". Thanks for proving to all who read these article the complete brain washing job the taploid worthy MS media has done to american's.

    If what said poster is claiming is true, then trump committed obstruction just because he told someone to halt the investigation inwhich they refused to do. So no action just words or thought justify obstruction?

    If we lived in the make believe world in the Tom Cruis movie "minority report" where people are prosecuted for future crimes because they thought it, then I would believe you. Thank goodness we don't.

    Trump did not invoke any presidential privilege's to prevent 1.4 million documents handed over to mueller and interviews to WH council staff.

  • fight4liberty Herriman, UT
    April 22, 2019 1:18 p.m.

    It wouldn't have mattered who or which republican won in 2016, the plan was already in play to stop any republican from winning. The DNC and HRC thought they had it in the bag just like Obamas election.

    The fact that DJT who has an ego like no other, who openly says what he thinks, has no filters and enjoys his lavish life won, sticks in the craw of democrats, never trumpers and the self righteous scoffers.

    So the Dems let the battle begin, they rolled out the most unprecidented attack on a duly elected American President in history. Effectually a coup d'etat to remove or impeach DJT by any means possible. The Mueller report in volume 1 said there was no collusion or obstruction. Volume 2 was the op-ed of those strong armed to sing or compose, haters and never trumpers and political operatives. It did not produce anything, except fodder for the dem controlled house to try to impeach.

    The self-righteous indignation of the left is on display. 90% of the MSM with the dems are in a full on attack against DJT. Yet they complain that DJT speaks to defend himself on twitter? A non politician, imperfect man, whos accomplishments, denied by the left have only improved the US.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2019 12:53 p.m.

    @worf: "Truth be know. Trump has higher moral values than the average American citizen and political representative."

    Why troll? Is it just a Russian thang?

  • worf McAllen, TX
    April 22, 2019 12:48 p.m.

    stevan madrigal--do the research!

    Half of America live off the earnings taken from others. Many born out of wedlock and eighty percent committed adultery by the age of forty. Hmm? And that's only the beginning.

  • stevan madrigal Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2019 12:17 p.m.

    RE: Worf -
    "Trump has higher moral values than the average American citizen and political representative."
    Repeat that to yourself.
    Slowly....

  • ECR Burke, VA
    April 22, 2019 11:44 a.m.

    worf said, "He knew that you couldn't indict a sitting president yet came up with a four hundred page report."

    Mueller was hired to determine if the Russians interfered with our election, which he proved and indicted several individuals for that interference,; and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government to help determine the outcome of the election. The very best that can be said about the second point is that Trump's team may not have directly coordinated with the Russians but they knew it was going on and they didn't try to stop it. And Mueller preserved evidence of the president's obstruction even though he couldn't be indicted, at least not today.

    Rudolph Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s lawyer even defended the Trump team when he said there’s nothing wrong with a U.S. presidential candidate taking information from Russian sources. Is that what you believe? Is it OK for the president to something awful, as long as what he does is lawful? And by the way, all the people the president, and his followers are pointing their fingers at - Mueller, Rosenstein, Comey, Sessions - are all Republicans. The Democrats are just doing their oversight duty.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2019 11:23 a.m.

    @Anti Bush-Obama: "Mueller wasn't removed nor was the investigation stopped. Trump obstructed nothing."

    Not for lack of trying.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    April 22, 2019 11:21 a.m.

    @worf: "Was this a collusion to smear the president and influence next years election?"

    No.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    April 22, 2019 11:01 a.m.

    Mueller knew two years ago there wasn't any Russian collusion yet went ahead with the investigation with no evidence.

    He knew that you couldn't indict a sitting president yet came up with a four hundred page report.

    Why?

    Was this a collusion to smear the president and influence next years election?

    Truth be know. Trump has higher moral values than the average American citizen and political representative.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 22, 2019 10:42 a.m.

    @Sportsfan123

    Just because you don't understand the law any better than Donald Jr. for who that's apparently an excuse to break the law, isn't our fault.

    No crime is needed to be charged with obstruction of justice.

    Educate yourself.

    Rudy nearly lost his mind on Fox Sunday Morning, trying to spin and lie his way out of Donalds unlawful attempts at obstruction. That obstruction isn't a problem, nor is lying, and apparently, ignorance of the law is now an acceptable plea from the presidents children.

    This was all before he really kicked in the whole world is against me cause I'm so great tv routine.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    April 22, 2019 10:12 a.m.

    "But Pompeo, now secretary of state, said he had no recollection of being asked to stay behind after the March 22 meeting, according to the report."

    And so now it is confirmed, Mike Pompeo is as big a liar as Donald Trump, Bill Barr and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

    Can't wait for the next revelation.

  • Sportsfan123 Herriman, UT
    April 22, 2019 8:54 a.m.

    anti trumpers

    Clearly this article states that mueller found no evidence of obstruction, but what I am confused by are the baseless comments being made by anti trumpies still holding on to a false narrative manufactured by the DNC using fake intel provided by none other than the russian's.

    How silly, trump was accused of doing something that the democrats and the fbi were doing to create this nonsense, and that is colluding with russia, hilarious!

    Do anti trumpies understand that basing allegations off of faked intel by russian operatives and expect different results from an investigation other than no evidence of a crime is foolish.

    There is not alot of difference between the national inquirer article finding the wolf boy, and this russian collusion dillusion story.

    The burden of proof lies with the prosecution, and they found no evidence of a crime. In our justice system we a presumed innocent until proven guilty, innocense is exoneration, so if trump committed no crime of conspiracy or obstruction then why did mueller state "does not exonerate" ?

    Because of politic's, this was the most expensive illegal political smear campaign ever, 25$ mill of tax payers money.

  • Sportsfan123 Herriman, UT
    April 22, 2019 8:23 a.m.

    Utah girl

    Sure seems like trump supporters are aware that a first time president and politician was stressed out by the fake allegations brought on by the previous administration to perform a counter intelligence investigation against him without his knowledge based on no evidence, he clearly panicked and acted irrationally.

    Noone is surpised by his approach knowing that he is a self serving narcisist ego maniac, his behavior is odd and that of a non politician who clearly was not aware of how bad partisian politics can be.

    The democrats have been playing him like a fiddle. But if you havn't come to the same conclusion that mueller did that there was absolutely no evidence of a crime, then perhaps one should get their news from somewhere other than the MSM.

    Also I'm confused how trumps lack of integrity makes terrorist's smile? especially since trump wiped out ISIS, something oblama said couldn't be done for year's, but then again oblama said that noone could interfere with our elections either.

    But let's get it straight here, trump supports do not like trumps antic's or particularly care for his personality, but he has been a far better president than the last one.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 22, 2019 7:59 a.m.

    More evidence that Trump thinks he was elected King, not President. He thinks that everyone in government, including Congress, works for him. He's constantly crossing the line because he doesn't believe any lines apply to him.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    April 22, 2019 7:58 a.m.

    Pretty damming stuff.

  • Anti Bush-Obama , 00
    April 22, 2019 7:55 a.m.

    Mueller wasn't removed nor was the investigation stopped. Trump obstructed nothing.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2019 7:55 a.m.

    The Donald believes he can order anyone to do anything and order the White House Press Secretary to say something else to cover his tracks. Sad.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 22, 2019 7:25 a.m.

    Sure seems like Trump supporters are dazzled by Trump's all-knowing omnipotence and are convinced Trump's great brain far outshines the intelligence of those people who monitor the world geopolitical map for signs of threats to our national security.

    But when integrity is compromised for political gain and self-preservation, terrorists must have smiles that stretch all the way across their face.