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a fairly fundamental rift has opened in the department of justice namely over Robert Maulers decision not to determine one way or another whether president Donald Trump obstructed justice a president cannot be charged with a federal crime well he is in office charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider if we had had cog confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so but Attorney General William Barr the trump appointee who oversaw the final stages of the Russian investigation gave a starkly different opinion the mothers saying the special counsel could have made a judgment call even if you could not indict the president he could reach the conclusion of the opinions as you can at in dot eight eight eight president while he's in office but he could have reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity always press conference Wednesday had a galvanizing effect in Washington spurring Democrats to increase their calls for impeachment and accountability and infuriating president trump would falsely claimed that Muller's report exonerated him I thank , is they never jumper soon after Muller handed in his report bar gave his own summary of the probe the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed and obstruction of justice offense that summary has been criticized as misinterpreting Mahler's findings to gloss over the more damning accusations against trump mother documented numerous occasions in which trump sought to quash the probe into Russian interference he also found multiple contacts between trump's campaign in Russia but he did not establish evidence of a criminal conspiracy Democrats accuse bar of acting as the president's lawyer not the country's a charge bar disputes I'm gonna make the decisions based on a law on the facts and I realize that's in tension with the political climate we live in Robert Muller may have resigned to special counsel and trump may be tweeting pictures like these but one thing's for certain this case and it's rippling manifestations are anything but closed