Mueller report outlines 'disturbing evidence' that Trump obstructed justice: Nadler

Obstruction of justice accounts for a federal crime in which someone "corruptly" attempts to "influence, obstruct or impede" the "due and proper administration of the law."
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Transcript for Mueller report outlines 'disturbing evidence' that Trump obstructed justice: Nadler
This is an ABC news special report. George Stefan. Good afternoon coming back on the air right now because are about to hear from chairman Jerrold Nadler chairman of the House Judiciary Committee which has now received. And we'll now have to adjudicate. The Muller reports special counsel Robert Muller's report to the congress 448. Pages deliver ran 11 AM today it deals with both. Russian contacts with the trump campaign and obstruction of justice potential obstruction of justice by the president outlines eleven possible instances. But they ended up not drawing a conclusion that the president did indeed obstruct justice quote if we had the confidence. After thorough investigation of the facts the president pleaded not commit obstruction of justice. We would so state they chose not to do it that they simply could not. Exonerate the president they also found. Multiple contacts between the trump campaign in Russian officials but they found that those countries did not rise to the level of criminal conspiracy. Key democratic leaders in congress are calling for Muller to testify as soon as cost one of those leaders. In chairman nine Mallard we we are about to hear from him Jon Karl we've heard from William Barr the attorney general today we've already heard. From the president and the White House is well. The president is calling complete its operation here of course now there has a very different view we've already heard him say. The evidence presented in the mall report amounts to. Disturbing evidence that the president engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct and here. Is chairman map. There's gonna ask are we ready to I think that superffoods. Good afternoon. First to observe. Attorney general Barr. It appears to have shown in unsettling willingness to undermine his own department in order to protect president trump. Barr's words and actions suggest he has been disingenuous. And misleading. In saying the president is clear of wrongdoing. Attorney general Barr's letter summarizing the report for march 24. Quote of the special counsel report quote. While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime. It also does not exonerated. He ignored. What is in the Muller reports just two sentences before. Witness special counsel concluded that quote. If we had confidence. After thorough investigation of the facts. That the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice who we would state so. Based on the facts in the applicable legal standards however we I'm able to reach that judgment. Obviously. This completely changes the emphasis and meaning. Of the paragraph and obviously he didn't include. The key sentences. Second special counsel moment on to say that quote a thorough FBI investigation. Would uncover facts about the campaign. And the president personally that the president could have understood. To be crimes. Where that would have risen to personal and political concerns close quote. For some reason attorney general Barr excluded this critical finding his wealth. From his version of events. The attorney general's decision to withhold the full report from congress is regrettable but no longer surprising. Bars so far refused to work with the committee. To provide us with the information. Kind of information that has been customarily provided in the past. And to which. The Judiciary Committee is entitled. These concerns and many others would be addressed when Bart testifies before the committee and may second. Even and it's incomplete. Form however. The mother report incomplete because part of it is redacted. Even it is incomplete form however the mullah report outlines disturbing evidence. That president trump engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct. Contrary to the attorney general statement this morning that the White House quote fully cooperated and quote the investigations. Report makes clear. That the president refused to be interviewed by the special counsel. And refused to provide written answers to follow up questions. Page thirteen volume two. Makes clear that his associates destroyed evidence relevant to the Russian investigation. Page ten volume one. The report concluded there was substantial evidence in quotes that president trump attempted to prevent an investigation into his campaign. And his own conduct. Page 76 page 78 page ninety page 157. By him to. That is why I have formally requested that special counsel Muller testified before the House Judiciary Committee as soon as possible. So we can get some answers to these critical questions. Because we clearly can't believe with. Attorney general Barr tells us. Finally. It is clear the special counsel's office conducted an incredibly thorough investigation. In order to preserve the evidence for future investigators. The special counsel made clear that he did not exonerate the president. And the responsibility now both the congress. Told the president accountable for his actions. Congress must get the full un redacted report along with the underlying evidence uncovered by special counsel mullah. Congress requires this material in order to perform our constitutionally mandated. Responsibilities. Thank you that's a statement though it's some questions. Yet. Wednesday it it's congress isn't on hold him accountable. He's been. That's one possibility there there are others we see we obviously have to get to the bottom of what happened and take whatever action seems necessary at that time. It's too early to reach those conclusions one reason we wanted the vote report we still want the most important to parity and one other evidence that. We'll conference. Christine there on obstruction increase. We look proceed with their inquiries sending the first thing we will do. Is is make sure we get the rest of the report has the underlying. And they have a right there for the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee making it clear they not only want to hear from Robert Mueller but that they want the entire. Mueller report including those documents and they were collected by the grand jury that indicted him follow through. On that subpoena also the chairman beginning with a broad side against the attorney general William Barr. For the way he characterized. The mullah report want to bring in our senior congressional correspondent mayor Bruce we didn't see. Chairman or hold back at all right there the one thing he did hold back on though is the idea of immediately. Opening up impeachment investigation he says that's is huge for later. He says that is a possibility. But not a move that they're going to make right away Georgia and that. Continues to add to follow along with what we've been hearing from democratic leaders all along that impeachment is not a conversation they have wanted to have so far they've stressed. For months and months that that is a conversation that they can have. Only once it's clear that they have essentially buy in from the American public but also bipartisan support including support Republicans of course which they would need. A politically but also logistically they want to have any of what actually impeaching the president they're going to need. Republicans in the senate to get on board the really interesting to hear chairman Nadler they're accusing bill Barr of misleading congress of miss characterizing. The mullah report making clear that he's going to have plenty of questions for bill Barr when he testifies here before travelers committee on May second and the that in order to get to the bottom of this that they want to hear directly from Mueller himself sometime. In the next month. Chairman now they're making it very clear he says the responsibility now falls to congress to hold the president accountable because he feels the attorney general simply is not doing. Appear inspire our motto could be decisive Mary Bruce thanks very much. Our coverage can continue to ABC news online full report tonight on world listen I would Daily Mirror and we are likely be back later in the afternoon with the first. On camera market president trap. This has been a special. For me he's.

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