Barr Clears Trump of Obstruction After Mueller Demurs – The New York Times


…Obstruction cases are notoriously difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt because prosecutors have to prove that the defendant was acting with a corrupt intent, and the evidence is often ambiguous.

“The special counsel’s decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the attorney general to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime,” Mr. Barr wrote, adding that he and his deputy “concluded that the evidence developed during the special counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”

Essentially, he wrote, that meant Mr. Trump must get the benefit of the doubt: Mr. Mueller’s report, he wrote, “identifies no actions that, in our judgment,” could be proven in court as an obstruction crime.

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