Now that we have a version of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in hand, we know that President Donald Trump repeatedly obstructed justice and was only spared from being indicted because he was shielded by a Justice Department directive saying a sitting president cannot face indictment.
The Washington Post laid out the obstruction case against Trump, and it’s incredibly damning:
“The special counsel categorically rejected arguments advanced by Trump’s lawyers that the president is shielded from obstruction-of-justice laws by his unique constitutional role and powers.
“’The Constitution does not categorically and permanently immunize the president,’ the Mueller report said in a dense section of legal analysis that suggested that investigators found abundant evidence that Trump had in fact repeatedly sought to undermine the probe.”
And that’s just tip of the iceberg, according to CBS News:
“[Another] instance involves Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who left the administration just weeks into Mr. Trump’s presidency after he misled FBI agents and top administration officials — including Vice President Mike Pence — about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn had said he had not discussed sanctions on Russia with Kislyak, a lie that Pence and others then repeated.”
Take special note of that last sentence, because it contains a mention of Vice President Mike Pence, and while Trump may have been the main focus of the Mueller probe, Pence is also up to his eyebrows in guilt, and that means the VP is damaged by what Mueller has to say, too.
Back in September of 2017, Sean Illing noted in Vox that there was compelling evidence Pence also took part in the crime of obstructing justice, writing about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who refused to agree that he would stop investigating Flynn for his connections to Russia:
“Trump initially authored a lengthy memo stating his real reason for firing Comey (that he wanted to shut the Russia investigation down).
“That memo was later rejected by White House Counsel, Don McGahn. But reports from the New York Times and Washington Post indicate that before it was rejected, Trump read the memo aloud to some of his closest advisers, including Pence. Which means Pence was very likely aware of Trump’s real motivations regarding the Comey decision. Yet on the following day Pence went before the public and affirmed Trump’s cover story for firing Comey.”
Jed Shugerman, a law professor at Fordham University, had this to say about Pence’s role:
“If Pence gave any feedback in revising the letter to cover up those intentions and to give disingenuous legal reasons for firing Comey, he is guilty of conspiracy to obstruct justice and aiding and abetting.”
And even though Pence wasn’t charged or specifically named, he still has the stink of crime and corruption all over him, and that means he has zero political future.
Robert Mueller not only helped destroy the Trump presidency with his report, he got a two for one deal by helping to implicate Pence and making sure both of them are politically crippled.