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Why is Trump stonewalling Congress?

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May 18 marked exactly one month since the release of the Mueller report. Let’s review what we’ve learned.

The investigation found no evidence that anyone on the Trump campaign actively cooperated with Russian intelligence operations. They didn’t say anything about unaffiliated individuals like Roger Stone, or acquiescence in a foreign attack on American elections. And there is more to come on this score. Mueller referred or handed over 14 criminal investigations to other offices.

The investigation also found 10 instances in which President Trump may have violated the law by trying to obstruct the investigation. While Mueller determined that, since the president can’t be indicted at this time, it was improper for the Department of Justice to make a charging decision, he strongly hinted that Congress should pick up where he left off.

Congress has tried to do exactly that by gathering the necessary documents and taking testimony from the attorney general, the former top White House lawyer and Mueller himself. But the president is simply refusing to cooperate. If the report completely exonerated him, as he claimed, what is the president afraid these people will say?

So what did we learn from the Mueller report? That there’s a lot more we need to learn.

Chris Truax

San Diego, Calif.

The writer is an appellate attorney and legal adviser for the group Republicans for the Rule of Law.

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