Of all the coverage I’ve read on soon to be/now retired Mueller, this article from the Heisenberg Report resounded the most. Thanks to my buddy Pyrognosis for sharing.
Although Mueller’s remarks speak for themselves, America would be remiss not to note that the special counsel clearly wanted the public to understand that the “No Obstruction” catchphrase is not consistent with the investigation’s conclusions. “Obstruction”, Mueller said, “strikes at the core of the ability to get at the truth.” He repeated (almost verbatim) a key line from the report:
If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.
By many accounts, every intonation and turn of phrase is intentional when Mueller speaks. If there’s any truth to that, Mueller’s emphasis on the words “not” and “could” when he said his office was constrained by regulations in their ability to indict Trump, is key. Nothing in Mueller’s description of the obstruction probe suggests the special counsel’s office agrees with attorney general William Barr about Trump’s innocence with regard to obstruction.
I’d recommend checking out the article in full at the link above and listen to the clips.
My trading room has been reading it differently amongst ourselves.
I think that the key point in Mueller’s statement was his emphasis on this fact:
It explains that under long-standing Department policy, a President cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view—that too is prohibited.Robert Mueller – Statement on May 29th, 2019
Read into it what you will. It didn’t really move the markets so I guess this is somewhat off-topic in terms of being directly tradable but its implications do have the potential to impact things in the future.