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The Latest: Officer’s partner explains why he didn’t shoot

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The Latest on the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who had called 911 (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

The partner of a former Minneapolis cop charged in the shooting death of an unarmed woman is explaining why he didn’t shoot when the woman approached the officers’ squad car.

Matthew Harrity testified Thursday at the trial of Mohamed Noor, who faces murder and manslaughter charges in the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor shot the dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia minutes after she summoned officers with a 911 call about a possible sexual assault behind her home.

Harrity was driving their squad car. He described hearing a thump on the vehicle that startled him and being aware of a presence on his left. He testified he was still trying to make sense of the situation when Noor shot Damond.

Pressed by prosecutor Amy Sweasy, Harrity said his training was not to shoot without knowing what a target was and analyzing the threat. He said he had not yet made that analysis.

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4:55 p.m.

The partner of a Minneapolis police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed woman says he “loved” working with the accused former officer and felt he always had his back.

Matthew Harrity is a key witness in Mohamed Noor’s trial in the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. Noor shot and killed the dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia when she approached the officers’ car just minutes after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

Harrity said he feared for his life after hearing a thump on the officers’ car that made him think of an ambush. Both officers pulled their guns but only Noor fired.

Harrity cried at points during his testimony and said that he and Noor had worked well together. He said, “I loved working with Officer Noor.”

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4:40 p.m.

The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman is explaining why he didn’t tell other officers at the scene about a thump on the officers’ squad car he says he heard right before the shooting.

Officer Matthew Harrity is a key witness at the murder and manslaughter trial of Mohamed Noor. Noor fired a single shot in July 2017 that killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond, when she approached the officers’ squad car minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape behind her home.

Harrity testified Thursday that he feared an ambush after hearing the thump. In explaining why he didn’t mention the thump in the aftermath of the shooting, Harrity said he was required to give only a brief public safety statement at the scene.

Harrity says he knew from training that he would be giving a full statement in days to come.

Ruszczyk Damond was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia and her death sparked anger in both countries. Noor was fired from the Minneapolis police force after being charged in her death.

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12:50 p.m.

The partner of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman says he was startled by a thump on the officers’ squad car and feared a possible ambush.

Officer Matthew Harrity is a key witness at the trial of Mohamed Noor. Noor killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond with a single shot as she approached the officers’ squad car in July 2017. Damond was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

Defense attorneys have said Noor was reacting to a noise and feared an ambush when he fired his weapon.

Harrity was driving the police SUV. In his testimony Thursday, he described a glimpse of something to his left, then hearing something hitting the car and “some sort of murmur.”

He said he immediately drew his gun. Harrity said that’s when Noor fired.

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11:27 a.m.

The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape near her home is describing the moments before the shooting.

Officer Matthew Harrity is a critical witness in the trial of Mohamed Noor. Noor killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond with a single shot as she approached the officers’ squad car in July 2017.

Harrity testified Thursday that he and Noor were rolling down the alley behind Damond’s house searching for anything related to the 911 call of a woman in trouble. Harrity testified he had pulled the hood off his gun’s holster in case he needed to draw it.

Asked why, Harrity said he considers every call a threat until it’s not.

His testimony is continuing.

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IPO mania: Zoom zooms, Pinterest pins down Wall Street

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There’s some tech jubilance in the air on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley as a pair of newly public companies — Zoom and Pinterest — are seeing their stocks soar in their market debuts. Zoom Video Communications soared 72% while Pinterest jumped 28% when they started trading. The strong initial performances might reassure investors with jittery nerves following Lyft’s disappointing start less than a month ago.

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National Enquirer being sold to former newsstand mogul

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Enquirer is being sold to the former head of the airport newsstand company Hudson News. Tabloid owner American Media say it is selling the supermarket weekly to James Cohen, the former head of newsstand retailer Hudson News. The deal comes after a rocky year for the tabloid in which it was caught up in a federal probe of illegal campaign contributions to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.

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Commission: New NAFTA would deliver modest economic gains

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new North America trade agreement would give the U.S. economy only a modest boost, an independent federal agency reports. The International Trade Commission says that Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement would lift the U.S. economy by 0.35%, or $68.2 billion, and add 176,000 jobs six years after it takes effect.

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Musk, SEC get another week to reach deal in contempt case

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Tesla CEO Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators are getting another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court. Both sides say in a letter filed Thursday with a federal court in New York that they talked for over an hour this week and are continuing to discuss an agreement. District Judge Alison Nathan granted the request to talk until April 25.

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US retail sales soared 1.6% in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales surged in March at the fastest pace since late 2017, as spending on autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing jumped. The Commerce Department says that sales increased a seasonally adjusted 1.6% from February, the strongest increase since September 2017. The gains mark a sharp rebound from a lackluster period of sales dating back to December. It’s a sign that the healthy job market has likely made consumers more eager to spend in ways that boost overall economic growth.

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Americans’ energy use surges despite climate change concern

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are burning a record amount of energy, led by a boom in natural gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says U.S. use of fuels jumped last year by the biggest amount in eight years. That’s despite increasingly urgent warnings from scientists on fossil fuel emissions and climate change.

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New Mexico panel surprises Facebook with $39M utility bill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A powerful regulatory authority in New Mexico is requiring the state’s largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction. The Albuquerque Journal reports the Public Regulation Commission’s Tuesday orders Public Service Company of New Mexico to charge Facebook for nearly half the cost of the $85 million transmission project for its New Mexico data center that opened this year. Facebook says the ruling could affect its long-term operations in the state.

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Dubai arena is latest project unveiled despite weaker growth

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai gave an early look this week into its latest megaproject, an arena in the heart of a super luxe shopping and dining destination. Projects like it represent Dubai’s ambitions for the future, but the sheer scale of the developments are fueling concerns of an oversupply in the market amid an economic slowdown.

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Rabbis: ‘Not kosher’ to buy at grocery store during strike

BOSTON (AP) — New England rabbis are advising their congregations not to cross picket lines to get their Passover food at Stop & Shop supermarkets, which have deep roots in the local Jewish community. One Boston rabbi said it’s “not kosher” to purchase “products of oppressed labor.” More than 30,000 Stop & Shop workers walked off the job over what they say is an unfair contract offer, a claim the company disputes. A grocery analyst said the chain has the highest sales of kosher products among local stores.

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US stocks cap holiday shortened week with modest gains

NEW YORK (AP) — The major U.S. stock indexes capped a holiday shortened week with slight gains Thursday, reversing some of the modest losses from a day earlier. The marginal upward move was not enough to keep the benchmark S&P 500 index from snapping a string of three straight weekly gains. Industrial stocks paved the way higher as traders welcomed solid earnings, offsetting losses by financial and energy stocks. Pinterest and Zoom Video Communications soared on their first day of trading.

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The S&P 500 gained 4.58 points, or 0.2%, to 2,905.03. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 110 points, or 0.4%, to 26,559.54. The Nasdaq composite inched 1.98 points higher, or less than 0.1%, to 7,998.06. The Russell 2000 index of small-cap dropped 1.85 points, or 0.1%, to 1,565.75.

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Bangladeshi student burned to death by fellow students for reporting sexual harassment by head teacher

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A Bangladeshi teenager who braved the shame and taboo of being sexually harassed by reporting her ordeal to officials, has been doused with kerosene at school and burned to death.

Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, filed a complaint with local police in late March after allegedly being touched inappropriately by the head teacher at her Islamic school, also known as a madrasa, according to the BBC.  A police officer filmed her distraught testimony on his mobile phone and it was leaked after the teacher was arrested.

Despite the increasing threats of violence against her, Rafi continued going to class and on April 6, reportedly was lured to a building rooftop at her school. She was then surrounded by several burqa-clad individuals who demanded that she retract her police report.

After refusing, the Police Bureau of Investigation Chief told the BBC, the student was doused in kerosene and set alight –but their plan to “make it look like a suicide” failed after the severely injured Rafi was rescued.

GRUESOME RAPE, MURDER OF KASHMIR GIRL RAISES TENSIONS

She suffered burns to more than 80 percent of her body, and died ten days later. But while being rushed to hospital via ambulance and in one final act of courage, Rafi recorded a statement on her brother’s phone exposing some of her attackers as fellow students.

“The teacher touched me,” she reportedly said. “I will fight this crime till my last breath.”

“When a woman tries to get justice for sexual harassment, she has to face a lot of harassment again,” Salma Ali, a human rights lawyer and former director of the Women Lawyers’ Association, told the BBC. “The case lingers for years, there is shaming in society, a lack of willingness from the police to properly investigate the allegations. It leads the victim to give up on seeking justice.”

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But given the wave of media attention and the outpouring of anger that has arisen in the wake of Rafi’s murder, some remain hopeful that at least some justice might be served. The case is under investigation and authorities have already determined law enforcement negligence in the initial response to her complaints.

More than a dozen arrests reportedly have been made related to her murder.

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At a news conference this week, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) also took aim at the Islamic school for a long track record of ignoring previous grievances against the headmaster’s behavior toward female students.

“If the administration from the district level to madrasa acted responsibly, then the incident would never have taken place,” noted Kazi Reazul Haque, the NHRC chairman. “We questioned how (the head teacher) was appointed as the principal despite having this kind of past.”

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Penn Badgley almost wasn’t cast as Dan Humphrey in ‘Gossip Girl’

“Gossip Girl” helped launch the careers of many young actors including Penn Badgley.

He played “lonely-boy” Dan Humphrey who was desperately in love with Blake Lively‘s Serena Van Der Woodsen but according to casting director, David Rapaport, he had someone else in mind for the part.

“Before Penn was involved, I desperately wanted Alden Ehrenreich to play Dan,” he told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published on Thursday. Ehrenreich came in to read for the part but producers thought he was too short to star opposite a statuesque Lively.

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Badgley wound up playing Dan for six years, which remained his only series-regular part in a TV show until Rapaport called him up to play stalker and serial killer Joe Goldberg on Netflix’s “YOU.”

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“I didn’t think he would do it,” Rapaport told the magazine of tackling Joe. “But once we got the idea in our heads, it all made sense. I can’t imagine anybody else playing that character.”

And Ehrenreich’s career didn’t end there. He went on to play a young Han Solo in the prequel “Star Wars” movie, “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

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Rapaport said Lively was an immediate yes, though. “[The network was] looking for someone who was casually cool, effortlessly chic, and — as a performer — was able to access their feelings,” Rapaport revealed. “I was looking for this perfect person that would deliver on every level.”

The casting pro said he saw Lively in the 2005 movie “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” “I did not have another choice,” Rapaport said. “I knew in my heart there was no one else.”

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Schiff says Barr misled with Mueller report summary, he’s ‘not the president’s personal lawyer’

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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., slammed Attorney General Bill Barr on Thursday, stopping just short of asking for his resignation after saying the redacted Mueller report showed Barr misled the American people with his summary report last month.

The House Intelligence Committee chairman held a news conference just hours after the nearly 400-page redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released to the public.

Schiff claimed Barr “did a great disservice to the county by misrepresenting significant parts of the Mueller report, by attempting to put a positive spin for the president on the special counsel’s findings” last month.

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The Democrat continued: “On the issue of obstruction of justice, the report outlines multiple attempts by the president to mislead the country, to interfere with the investigation, to make false statements to the American people and to urge others to lie to the American people… that these actions had a material impact on the investigation.”

Schiff argued that whether the acts were considered criminal or not, they “are deeply alarming in the president of the United States.”

Barr wrote in his summary last month that he’d concluded, based on Mueller’s investigation, that there was insufficient proof the president obstructed justice.

“The attorney general is not the president’s personal lawyer, although he may feel he is.”

— Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Schiff also said the Mueller report provided further information, not yet know to the public, about contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians, “whether they rise to the level of a criminal conspiracy or not.”

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He mentioned specifically about the controversial June 2016 meeting involving Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.

Schiff said Mueller found that while there was evidence of conspiracy, the special counsel could not establish willful intent to violate the law or that material received from the meeting was sufficiently damaging to meet the statutory definition – making no criminal case.

“That is a far cry from saying there is not evidence,” Schiff argued.

He would not say whether he thought Barr should resign but argued he did not feel that Barr acted with the American people in mind. “The attorney general is not the president’s personal lawyer, although he may feel he is.”

Schiff added that he intended to get the full unredacted report and would seek testimony from Barr, who said earlier at a news conference that he would not oppose such a request. “If the special counsel, as he made clear, had found evidence exonerating the president, he would have said so. He did not. He left that issue to the Congress of the United States and we will need to consider it.”

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Criminal or not, Schiff said there was more that needed to be looked into from the report — and made a Nixonian charge against President Trump.

“The standard simply cannot be that you can do anything you like as long as you can declare at the end of the day, ‘I am not a crook.’”

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France warehouse fire destroys 2 million bottles of wine worth $13 million

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Two million bottles of wine have been destroyed in a freak fire in France just one day after the inferno at Notre Dame Cathedral.

The blaze broke out Tuesday afternoon at a storage center north of Bordeaux, France. Sixty firefighters were dispatched and spent 15 hours trying to put out the flames in the facilty located in the Carbon-Blanc commune on the outskirts of Bordeaux. The wine itself belongs to Sovex Grands Châteaux and cost $12.9 million.

The red, white and rose bottles were packed in boxes and placed on wooden pallets that “erupted in flames” for unknown reasons. However, France 3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine reported that early results from the investigation showed the fire started in the “false ceiling which then collapsed on pallets and crates of alcohol.”

About 80 employees were evacuated from the building. No injuries were reported.

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Calls to Sovex by Fox News were not immediately returned.

The fire took place less than 24 hours after flames shot through Notre Dame Cathedral. Investigators said Thursday they believe an electrical short-circuit is most likely the cause behind the Paris blaze.

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Doctor: Tennessee church shooting suspect has mental illness

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A psychiatrist has identified mental illnesses in the man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Tennessee church in 2017.

According to The Tennessean , a defense attorney read report excerpts about 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson in a Nashville court Wednesday.

The psychiatrist diagnosed Samson with “schizoaffective disorder bipolar type” and post-traumatic stress disorder after an abusive, violent upbringing.

He found Samson heard voices, hallucinated and had intense mood swings, with “delusional beliefs” about predicting the future and controlling people with his mind.

He determined Samson’s mental disease drove his actions in the Nashville shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. He couldn’t say if the insanity defense legal standard was met.

Prosecutors have said they’re seeking life without parole for Samson, who faces first-degree murder and other charges.

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Oprah Reveals What She’d Do If Gayle King And Stedman Slept Together

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Like most besties, Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King enjoy and share many things together: tequila-filled trips to the island of Ibiza with the rich and famous, pairs of underwear (!!), birthday celebrations with family and friends.

But there’s one thing the duo will never share: Mr. Stedman Graham, aka Oprah’s boyfriend of over 30 years. Gayle would NEVER go there.

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How do we know this? In the latest episode of the pair’s YouTube advice show “The OG Chronicles,” a viewer asked them whether it was OK for her to secretly exchange flirty texts with her sister’s ex-boyfriend.

Oprah and Gayle, firm believers in girl code as they are, were not having it. In fact, the question reminded O of a conversation she and Gayle had back in her early talk show days.

“This is interesting. Years ago, I think I’d been dating Stedman… I don’t know. I’ve been dating him since 1775. So we’ve been together a long time,” she joked. “But early on in our relationship, I was doing these shows [like] ‘My sister slept with my sister’s husband’ or ‘My sister slept with my boyfriend,’ and all that. And Gayle said…”

“If you ever catch me and Stedman, you know, boinking around, fooling around, you catch us in bed,” Gayle interjected. “Oprah shouldn’t even be mad at me because she should say I’ve lost my mind. Take me to the hospital. You shouldn’t even be upset.”

“[Gayle] goes, ’Call someone. Put me in the jackets and have me carried off because you will know that I have lost my mind,’” Oprah said, as Gayle nodded along in agreement: “Lost my mind.”

Plus, as Gayle noted, “You should be mad at him.”

In other Oprah-Gayle news this week, O gave props to her ride-or-die on Wednesday for being selected as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people.

“So proud of you @gayleking! And you @Ava [DuVernay] for capturing the spirit of her in your words. #TIME100,” she wrote on Instagram.

Go, Gayle! Here’s hoping they head off on another cross-country road trip to celebrate ― or at least another shopping trip where Oprah buys so much, it legit looks like she and her bags are going to topple over.

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The Mueller Report Is 448 Pages Long. You Need to Know These 7 Key Things.

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The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, produced a report of more than 400 pages that painted a deeply unflattering picture of President Trump but stopped short of accusing him of criminal wrongdoing. Here are seven takeaways.

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Mr. Trump that a special counsel had been appointed in May 2017, Mr. Trump grew angry: “I’m fucked,” he said, believing his presidency was ruined. He told Mr. Sessions, “This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

Mr. Trump began trying to get rid of Mr. Mueller, only to be thwarted by his staff. In instance after instance, his staff acted as a bulwark against Mr. Trump’s most destructive impulses. In June 2017, the president instructed Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, to remove Mr. Mueller, but Mr. McGahn resisted. Rather than carry out the president’s order, he decided he would rather resign.

One of the unanswered questions of the past two years — which helped fuel the F.B.I. investigation, congressional inquiries and journalistic scrutiny — is why so many people lied, changed their stories and issued misleading statements to both the public and federal authorities.

The report recaps one false statement after another. Just a few examples:

Mr. Trump was livid when journalists revealed that he had unsuccessfully ordered Mr. Mueller’s firing. The president tried to get Mr. McGahn to say publicly that was false, but Mr. McGahn refused, saying that the news reports were accurate. Mr. Mueller’s report notably declared that Mr. McGahn was “credible.”

Mr. Trump also pressed the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, to give a news conference about the firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey. The White House press office wanted Mr. Rosenstein to say it was his idea. Mr. Rosenstein told the president that a news conference was a bad idea “because if the press asked him, he would tell the truth.”

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, admitted issuing a statement to the news media “in the heat of the moment that was not founded on anything.”

No, F.B.I. agents didn’t actually call the White House offering support for Mr. Comey’s firing. (Vol. II, Page 72)

Mr. Mueller can’t explain why the stories about Mr. Comey’s firing keep changing. (Vol. II, Page 77)

President Trump speaking Thursday at the White House about the special counsel’s report.CreditErin Schaff/The New York Times

The president has spent the past two years denouncing the news media. He has repeatedly accused reporters of making up sources to destroy his presidency. The report, though, shows not only that some of the most unflattering stories about Mr. Trump were accurate, but also that White House officials knew that was the case even as they heaped criticism on journalists.

In May 2017, for instance, The New York Times disclosed that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey to end the F.B.I.’s investigation into the president’s national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. Mr. Trump tweeted, “I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!”

“Despite those denials,” Mr. Mueller wrote, “substantial evidence corroborates Comey’s account.”

In another instance, Mr. Trump appeared to use criticism of the news media as a legal strategy. He attacked a Times article suggesting that his former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, might cooperate with the Justice Department and provide information about Mr. Trump.


Mr. Trump was quick to declare the report a total vindication.

But federal authorities went out of their way not to exonerate Mr. Trump. They wrote that his conduct in office “presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred.”

If the evidence cleared the president, Mr. Mueller would have said so. It didn’t. (Vol. II, Page 8)


Mr. Trump repeatedly said he was eager to sit for an interview with Mr. Mueller’s team, despite his lawyers’ insistence that doing so would be a terrible idea.

The report makes clear why his lawyers were so worried about it. Mr. Mueller had a huge cache of unanswered questions, misleading and conflicting statements, and unexplained actions with which to confront the president. Sitting for an interview, the report makes clear, would have exposed Mr. Trump to far more problems.

Mr. Mueller said he chose not to subpoena the president because a court fight would delay the investigation. But that decision meant that the authorities were never able to ask the central question in the obstruction case: What was Mr. Trump thinking when he tried repeatedly to undermine the federal investigation?

Mr. Mueller believed he had the authority to subpoena the president. (Vol. II, Page 13)


Mr. Mueller makes explicit what Mr. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on: Russia secretly manipulated the 2016 presidential election.

The investigation ultimately found no evidence that anyone from Mr. Trump’s campaign participated in that effort, but the report reveals in stark detail the many suspicious interactions that had the F.B.I. so worried. Many of those have been reported, but the report amounts to a compendium that helps explain the origins of the F.B.I. investigation, known as “Crossfire Hurricane.”

For instance, it has long been known that George Papadopoulos, a young campaign aide, was told that the Russian government had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. But the report goes much further, revealing that Mr. Papadopoulos suggested an explicit offer by the Russian government to work with the Trump campaign to sabotage Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Papadopoulos indicated that Russia wanted to coordinate with the Trump campaign. (Vol. I, Page 89)


Prosecutors describe a president who was preoccupied with ending a federal investigation, a White House that repeatedly told misleading and changing stories, and a presidential campaign that was in repeated contact with Russian officials for reasons that are not always clear.

Even though prosecutors concluded that didn’t amount to provably criminal conduct, the report is astounding in its sweep. Yet it is also a reminder of how much the public has learned over the past two years about Mr. Trump’s conduct.

If the American public or members of Congress were learning these things for the first time, the political fallout would normally be devastating. The consequences of the report remain to be seen, but if people are not surprised or shocked by the revelations, then Mr. Trump may have benefited by the steady drip of news stories he has so loudly criticized.

The special counsel suggests a pattern of behavior by Mr. Trump to harm the investigation. (Vol. II, Page 157)

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