Thomas Oatway | A Matter of Fact or Opinion?

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The Signal reported in the April 23 edition on a YouTube video posted by Rep. Katie Hill. In doing so, The Signal misrepresented the conclusions of the Mueller report on the evidence relating to a criminal charge of obstruction by President Trump. 

The Signal report stated that “Mueller’s team of investigators did not find sufficient evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.” 

In Volume II of the report, Mueller explained that the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) had a policy that does not allow a president to be indicted for a criminal offense during his or her term in office. The constitutional remedy for such an offense is impeachment and trial by the Congress. 

In fact, Mueller stated the following: “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment. The evidence we obtained about the president’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

It appears that The Signal is allowing its political opinions to creep into the news section of the paper. Opinions should be relegated to the opinion section.

Thomas Oatway


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