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I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered, in addition to the FBI's investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein's death.
I don't think big is necessarily bad, but I think a lot of people wonder how such huge behemoths that now exist in Silicon Valley have taken shape under the nose of the antitrust enforcers, and you know, you can win that place in the marketplace without violating the antitrust laws, but I want to find out more about that dynamic.
My concern today is that under the banner of identity politics some political factions are seeking to obtain power by dividing Americans and they undermine the values that draw us together, such as a shared commitment to our country's success. This is the breeding ground for hatred and we must reject it.
I will say that when we met with( Robert Mueller)... we specifically asked Robert Mueller about the OLC opinion and whether or not Robert Mueller was taking the position that Robert Mueller would have found a crime but for the existence of the OLC opinion, and he made it very clear several times that that was not his position. He was not saying that but for the OLC opinion he would have found a crime. He made it clear that he had not made the determination that there was a crime.
Many people seem to assume that the only intelligence collection that occurred was a single confidential informant and a FISA warrant, i'd like to find out whether that is, in fact, true. It strikes me as a fairly anemic effort if that was the counterintelligence effort designed to stop the threat as it's being represented.
Robert Mueller is the equivalent of a William Barr attorney. Robert Mueller was executing the powers of the attorney general, subject to the supervision of the attorney general, robert Mueller work concluded when Robert Mueller sent Robert Mueller work to the attorney general. At that point, it was my baby, and I was making a decision as to whether or not to make it public.
The special counsel found no evidence that any Americans -- including anyone associated with the Donald Trump campaign -- conspired or coordinated with the Russian government or the( Internet Research Agency, a Russian company with close ties to the Russian government) in carrying out this illegal scheme, put another way, the special counsel found no' collusion' by any Americans in the IRA's illegal activity.
Although the deputy attorney general and I disagreed with some of the special counsel's legal theories, and felt that some of the episodes examined did not amount to obstruction as a matter of law, we did not rely solely on that in making our decision, instead, we accepted the special counsel's legal framework for purposes of our analysis, and evaluated the evidence as presented by the special counsel in reaching our conclusions.
I have known Bob Mueller for 30 years, we worked closely together throughout my previous tenure at the Department of Justice under President George H.W. Bush. We've been friends since. And I have the utmost respect for Bob Mueller and Bob Mueller distinguished record of public service. And when Bob Mueller was named special counsel, I said Bob Mueller selection was' good news' and that, knowing Bob Mueller, I had confidence Bob Mueller would handle the matter properly. And I still have that confidence today.
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