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Donald Trump- Controversies to Mueller report

Donald Trump remains controversial, and controversies increased during his election campaign which was launched officially on 16th June 2015.

Many of his remarks remain controversial and helped his campaign to gain extensive support. His controversies remain trending over social media and clashes between his supporters and protestors added fuel to fire. 

Trump was even accused of inciting violence at his rallies. He even polarised society about ‘immigration and border security’. He even proposed building a wall between Mexico- and the United States and he characterized many Mexicans as criminals, drug dealers, and rapist.
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He even banned foreign Muslims entering in the United States. Even though Trump is from the Republican Party, but opposition grew against him in his own party and among democrats.

On October 7, 2016, during the 2016 United States presidential election, The Washington Post published a video and accompanying an article about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and television host Billy Bush having "an extremely lewd conversation about women" in 2005

Republicans saw Trump as irrevocable damage to the Republican Party which led to Stop Trump Movement. Democrats did not appreciate Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-muslim policies, his behavior towards critics, and his treatment of media.

However, some of the liberals, conservatives, and independents criticized Republican members for prioritizing party loyalty and avoiding alienation of Trump Supporters.

On January 6. 2017 there was a conclusion of Unites States Government’s intelligence agencies that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 United States Presidential elections.

A joint United States Intelligence Community review published in January 2017 stated with high confidence that "Russian President Vladimir V. Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.

Investigations about Russian interference in the election and allegations of collusion were started by the FBI, the Senate Intelligence Committee, the House Intelligence Committee.

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was appointed as Special Counsel in May 2017 by Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oversee the ongoing investigation into links between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government as part of the election interference and any related illegal acts.

The Muller Report was submitted in 2019.

The U.S. President’s legal troubles over his campaign are not over with the Mueller report.

What did the Muller Report reveal?

1.       Russian Carried out an information Campaign against Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Mueller concluded that Russia interfered in the election in a “sweeping and systematic fashion”. The Russians carried out an information campaign on the Internet against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

2.      Russian hacked into as Ms. Clinton’s campaign chief’s email account

It is evident in the report that in favor of Mr. Trump, while Russian hackers hacked into the Democratic National Committee systems as well as Ms. Clinton’s campaign chief’s email account, and dumped the files on the Internet.

3.      There were contacts between the Russians and Trump Campaign Members

 The report mentioned that there were contacts between the Russians and Trump campaign members.

4.      No evidence that “members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government”

The investigation doesn’t establish that “members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government”. But on the question on obstruction of justice, the Special Counsel was less emphatic.

5.      Trump tried to undermine the investigation

The report has ugly details on how Mr. Trump tried to undermine the investigation. He wanted to fire Mr. Mueller, and when his then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to do so, he wanted him to shut the probe.

 Mr. Trump didn’t succeed as his staff resisted the orders. In one such instance, White House attorney Donald McGahn preferred to resign rather than carry out Mr. Trump’s order to fire Mr. Mueller.

 The report also confirms that the President had asked FBI Director James Comey to go easy on Micheal Flynn, Mr. Trump’s original pick for National Security Adviser.

 Mr. Comey was fired later. What Mr. Mueller has effectively done is to state the facts of Mr. Trump’s efforts to obstruct the probe, while leaving unanswered the question of whether he obstructed justice.

 He has left the issue for Congress to decide, saying the legislature “has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice”. As soon as the report was out, Mr. Trump had claimed victory by tweeting: “For the haters and the radical left Democrats — Game over.”

But the House Judiciary Committee chair has issued a subpoena to the Justice Department to hand over the full report.

 Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the Democratic presidential ticket, has called for impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump. The President’s legal troubles are also not over. A Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the Russian interference scandal is still on.

The Trump campaign is also being probed for alleged campaign finance violations. All this suggests a tough road is ahead for Mr. Trump, though Mr. Mueller stopped short of indicting him.

The investigation report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller is unlikely to end the scandal around Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election that has rocked American politics for the last two and a half years.
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What did Muller’s Report not say?

The report did not find that Trump colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Attorney General William Bar summarised the result of investigation as ‘Trump did not obstruct justice by trying to influence the investigation’.  Moreover, he said that Muller’s evidence was not sufficient to establish that Trump committed a crime.

Democrats have demanded that Muller’s report should be published in full.

The redacted version that has been released confirms what U.S. Attorney General William Barr had said last month when he released a summary — Mr. Mueller neither indicts nor exonerates President Donald Trump.

However, Donald Trump invoked blanket executive privilege over Robert Mueller’s full report on 8th May 2019 in retribution for a pending vote by house democrats to hold attorney General William Bar.

Obviously, this move will increase the confrontation between Democrats and Republicans. It will trigger a bitter and potentially long battle in the court.

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