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Wyden: Mueller's Remarks Reveal Trump As Obstructionist

USEmbassytallin; New America; North Charleston

President Trump is not innocent of obstructing justice, and the Special Counsel who spent two years investigating him made that clear today, according to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. 

In a ten-minute statement, Special Counsel Robert Mueller broke his silence on the Russia investigation.  Wyden says Mueller’s words contradict Trump’s declaration that he’d been exonerated.

“If Donald Trump was innocent of obstructing justice, the Special Counsel would say so in his report," says Wyden.  "And he didn’t.”

Wyden also notes that Mueller said Justice Department precedent kept him from charging a sitting president.

“Finally, the Special Counsel made an important point there was a high-level systematic effort by the Russian military intelligence services to attack our democracy," Wyden tells KLCC. 

"And the lack of action by the President and Senate Majority leader is an astounding dereliction of duty.”

Wyden is on the Senate Intelligence Committee, but he doesn’t see his Republican colleagues acting on Mueller’s statements.

And President Trump maintains his innocence of collusion with the Russians.

Copyright 2019, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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