Analyzing William Barr’s Statement on Robert Mueller’s Report

Attorney General William Barr submitted a summary of his conclusions from Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged geopolitical interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The summary said there wasn’t enough evidence that showed the president’s campaign directly inspired or colluded with Russian individuals to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. It also did not definitely say whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice.

In the letter, Barr said the public would soon be allowed to read the report, subject to some redactions based on sensitive information that appears within.

Speaking to FOX40 News, Mark — who once worked as a federal public defender — said Mueller’s decision to defer criminal charges to the Attorney General and the Department of Justice was understandable.

“This is about indicting a president,” Mark said. “So he defers it to the attorney general with the faith that the attorney general…would do the right thing.”

Mueller’s report could contain enough facts that Congress could ultimately decide the evidence showed conduct that could be impeachable.

“There’s no dispute that Russia interfered with the election,” Mark said. “People associated with the president, Mr. Trump, had things to do with Russian interference, but not colluding…it’s a simple summary of a really big, big tome.”

Mark said that Attorney General Barr is a partisan advocate of the president.

“It’s very carefully worded,” Mark said of the summary. “He clearly says there’s a lot in it that Mueller wrote, and [Barr] made the determination not to press charges.”

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Mark Appears as Expert During FOX40’s Special Coverage on Stephon Clark Decision40’s special coverage of Stephon Clark decision

Mark offered his insight and legal expertise during FOX40’s extensive coverage of the Stephon Clark shooting case.

On March 2, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert decided against criminally charging several Sacramento Police Department officers in connection with the death of Stephon Clark last year.

Clark, 23, was shot as he fled from officers during an encounter in Sacramento’s Meadowview neighborhood on March 18, 2018. He was not armed at the time of the shooting.

“For a long time, there’s been calls for an independent branch of the government that will investigate and prosecute police misconduct shootings,” Mark said. “… There’s a lot of ways this could have been handled better.”

Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s First Amendment Threat to Journalists

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has issued an edict to a pair of investigative reporters who obtained police discipline data following a California Public Records Act request filed with the state’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

The documents included records related to around 12,000 current and former officers as well as individuals who applied to be officers. The list contained accusations of criminal conduct against some of those officers, including allegations of shoplifting, child molestation and murder.

Becerra’s officer later told the journalists the list was inadvertently disclosed to them and ordered the journalists to destroy and not disclose it. They refused, disclosing the list in a series of reporting from the U.C. Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program in collaboration with a handful of other newsrooms.

Becerra has since contemplated criminal charges against the reporters for their disclosure, something press freedom advocates say is a serious threat to their First Amendment protections and civic duty to inform the public.

Speaking to FOX40 News, Mark said freedom of the press is hard to challenge in court, even if journalists have records that normally wouldn’t be disclosable, as long as the reporters don’t obtain the records through illegal means.

“It’s very difficult for [police or prosecutors] to take [the records] from you, to punish you for having them or to prevent you from publishing them,” Mark said.

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