Clinton campaign chief: Mueller report 'lays out a devastating case' against Trump

Clinton campaign chief: Mueller report 'lays out a devastating case' against Trump
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden leads Trump in Florida, tied in Arizona and Texas: poll We haven't seen how low it can go There's a big blue wave coming MORE's 2016 presidential campaign chairman argued Thursday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's highly anticipated report lays out a "devastating case" against President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE that Congress should act upon.

John Podesta wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that Mueller's partially redacted report shows that Trump campaign operatives knew in advance about releases of stolen Democratic emails obtained by WikiLeaks from Russian intelligence sources.

Podesta argued that Mueller's findings were coupled with a clear call for lawmakers to act, as the sitting president cannot be indicted under Justice Department policy but Congress has authority to pursue obstruction of justice investigations.

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"Mueller lays out a devastating case against the president, but explicitly says in the introduction to the obstruction section that given the Justice Department policy against indicting a sitting president, it would be unfair to draw the conclusion that seems obvious from the facts that follow, because Trump wouldn’t be able to defend himself in a court of law," Podesta wrote.

"Mueller got us this far. Now it’s Congress’s turn to weigh the evidence against the president, decide what merits a response and act in the best interests of our democracy," he added.

Podesta also echoed claims from other Democrats who have accused Attorney General William BarrBill BarrWe haven't seen how low it can go Trump lashes out at Toomey, Romney after Roger Stone clemency criticism GOP senator says Trump commuting Stone was a 'mistake' MORE of misrepresenting the Mueller report's finding that Congress had the authority to investigate the president for obstruction of justice.

Barr had written in a four-page letter summarizing Mueller's primary findings last month that the decision against pursuing an obstruction case against Trump had been made by him and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinSupreme Court to hear dispute over Democrats' access to Mueller materials Republicans release newly declassified intelligence document on FBI source Steele GOP's Obama-era probes fuel Senate angst MORE.

"Attorney General William P. Barr spoke to an audience of one, President Trump, and in so doing let down 329 million Americans," Podesta said of Barr's press conference earlier Thursday.

House Democrats, led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' Nadler wins Democratic primary Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November MORE (D-N.Y.) have vowed to continue investigations into the president, including on the issue of obstruction of justice.