The Mueller Report: Obstruction of Justice

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions notified the President that Robert Mueller had been appointed as Special Counsel, Trump responded in pearl-clutching fashion: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.” I’m certain there is another timeline where Trump is only President in a Tommy Wiseau movie.

After reading The Mueller Report, I was convinced of two things: 1) as President, Donald Trump committed multiple acts of obstruction of justice and 2) that Congress should open an impeachment inquiry.

Crack open a cold one as I take at look at four instances when the leader of our nation obstructed justice!

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The Mueller Report: Russia’s Online Interference Campaign

With anticipation typically reserved for a new Harry Potter book, special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his 448 page report into Russian interference in the 2016 election to the Department of Justice in March. Separated into two volumes, the report is breathtaking in its detail and a surprisingly fast read.

Volume one addresses the issue of Russian interference and potential collaboration by members of the Trump campaign. Volume two focuses on acts of obstruction of justice that may have been committed by President Trump during the investigation (narrator: he did). In this entry, I’m going to focus specifically on Russia’s online interference campaign.

Grab a plate of pierogi as we take a crash course look into volume one of the Mueller report!

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The Russia House

On Friday, 800,000 federal employees missed their first paychecks under the government shutdown. The shutdown, a result of Trump’s Hans Gruber-like demand for $5.6 billion for his southern border wall (remember when he said Mexico would pay for this thing?), wasn’t the only bad news to drop on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The New York Times reported the FBI had opened an inquiry in 2017 (prior to the Mueller probe) to determine if the sitting U.S. president was knowingly (or unknowingly) a Russian asset working against American interests.  We’ve officially hit the President Logan season of 24. 

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In the Company of Men

Last Thursday, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, offering credible testimony that President Trump’s current pick for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her 36 years ago.

Kavanaugh also testified, where he proclaimed his fondness for beer, smugly questioned if Sen. Amy Klobuchar ever got blackout drunk and ensured a guest spot for Matt Damon on SNL for the foreseeable future.

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Diner

Following DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen being heckled out of a Mexican restaurant by protesters days earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the first Trump official to be ejected from a restaurant by the owner herself. 

Reports of Sanders being 86’d from Virginia’s Red Hen restaurant as if she were the long lost sister to SNL’s Butabi brothers has led the national conversation to question if this reaction is acceptable. Not only is it acceptable, it’s needed.

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Fortress

Nearly two months into a monstrous federal policy which separates migrant parents from their children at the southern border, the Department of Homeland Security announced it has now placed 2,000 children in facilities across the country.

Leave the porch light on for Father Merrin and Father Karras, because the Trump administration has declared war on America’s very soul.

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Broken Promise

With just days before the May 12th deadline to re-certify the Iran nuclear deal, President Trump announced to the world that the United States would withdraw from the deal altogether. If Trump’s goal was to make the U.S. and its allies less safe, potentially destabilize the Middle East and ignite a nuclear arms race; go ahead and find an aircraft carrier to hang that “Mission Accomplished” banner now! 

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