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Release of Redacted Mueller Report

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A redacted version of the Mueller report was released last week, preceded by a news conference by the Attorney General, William Barr. Barr indicated that the report demonstrates there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and administration and the Russian government.

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Links

“What the Mueller report says about Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/what-mueller-report-says-about-jared-kushner-ivanka-trump-donald-n995866

“Trump thought Mueller would ‘end’ his presidency and other key takeaways from the Mueller report”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/18/mueller-report-top-highlights-special-counsels-investigation/3492042002/

“See how much of the Mueller report is redacted”
https://www.npr.org/2019/04/18/713974980/see-how-much-of-the-mueller-report-is-redacted

“Mueller report highlights: Read the top moments from the 448-page report”
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/justice-department-release-redacted-version-mueller-report/story?id=62201315

“Mueller report reveals clashes in Trump’s inner circle over Russia probe”
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mueller-report-reveals-clashes-in-trumps-inner-circle-over-russia-probe

“Mueller report makes political case against Trump: Analysis”
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mueller-report-makes-political-case-trump-analysis/story?id=62456722

“7 times the Mueller report caught Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders lying to press”
https://www.vox.com/2019/4/18/18485512/mueller-report-trump-lies-sarah-sanders

“Mueller whacks Trump with evidence of obstruction”
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/18/redacted-mueller-report-released-1280960

“10 takeaways from the Mueller report release — and what happens next”
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/18/politics/donald-trump-bill-barr-william-barr-mueller-report/index.html

“Mueller report: Tale of two parties”
https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/439616-mueller-report-tale-of-two-parties

Assessment

  • Writing: What are some of the political and legal implications of the findings of the Mueller report?
  • Debate: President Trump was correct to claim the Mueller report exonerates him.
  • Poll: Do you believe Congress should continue to investigate whether or not the president and members of his administration obstructed justice?
  • Short Answer: What might constitute obstruction of justice by the President?

Current events quiz:

1) Who is Jerold Nadler?

a. Speaker of the House
b. Senator from New York
c. Chair of the House Judiciary Committee
d. A member of the Special Counsel’s team

2) Mueller found that there was no evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russia, mainly because

a. the President’s team never met with Russians.
b. Trump’s aides refused to go along with the President’s orders.
c. Jared Kushner is said to have burned any evidence there may have been.
d. Mueller simply couldn’t find any of evidence suggesting ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

3) About how long did the Special Counsel’s investigation last?

a. 2 years
b. 1 year
c. 6 months
d. 3 years

4) President Trump, when he received news of the appointment of the special counsel, reportedly stated that it was the “end” of his presidency. (T/F)

5) Although the Mueller Report was released, the investigation is not yet over. (T/F)

6) There were multiple observations by Mueller regarding potential obstruction of justice even though the special counsel ultimately decided not to exonerate President Trump. (T/F)

Answers:

1) C

2) B

3) A

4) True

5) True

6) True

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