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Syria blasts the US, Turkey and Israel while praising Russia and Iran in a POWERFUL proclamation against terrorism and imperialism (VIDEO)

Walid Al-Muallem spoke for the Syrian Arab Republic in a stirring speech which exposed the state supporters of Takrifi terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.

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The Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic, Walid Al-Muallem has addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations in a powerful and defiant speech which lacerated the enemies of Syria while praising the will, determination and dignity of the Syrian people and the Syrian Arab Army.

Walid Al-Muallem began by stating that in the present conflict ridden world, there is a standoff between two forces. The first force seeks to dominate the world and re-establish a unipolar order which fuels chaos and war while violating international humanitarian laws. This is a clear reference to the United States and its allies.

Opposed to this are forces which work to create a more “balanced, just and secure world, one which respects the sovereignty of states and the self-determination of peoples. This appears to be a reference to Syria’s allies including Russia, Iran and China.

He stated that while many people throughout the world continue to suffer due to the policies of “certain countries”, that no country has suffered more than Syria.

Specially, the Minister stated that Syria has suffered because certain countries believe that they could use terrorism to further their own greed, even if ultimately it is not even in their own interests. Again, the allusion to the United States is unambiguous in this statement.

In spite of six years of suffering, Walid Al-Muallem stated that the struggle and sacrifices made by Syrians have only strengthened the resolve of the Syrian people.

For 6 years, Syrian has fought terrorism supported by regional and international powers

Walid Al-Muallem defined Syria’s state policy as having two goals 

  1. Conbatting terrorism 
  2. Working hard for political solutions which will end bloodshed and restore stability. 

The Minister praised the Syrian Arab Army’s recent victory in breaking the ISIS siege of Deir ez-Zor and also remarked with pride on the crucial victories against terrorism in Aleppo and Palmyra.

However, he stated that the threat of this plague (terrorism) persists. Walid Al-Muallem said,

“Takfiri ideology will spread like a tumour throughout the world unless everyone of us demonstrates a genuine will to cooperate to confront it together”.

He stated that in conjunction with the Syrian Arab Army’s immense victories against terrorism, that another reason for Syria’s success has been President Bashar al-Assad’s amnesty programme which has invited militants to put down their weapons and return to a normal life. The Minister stated that this reconciliation process is the best means of alleviating suffering.

Walid Al-Muallem went on to praise the Geneva and Astana peace formats, but warned that  the Astana peace process will test how far terrorists groups and their “Turkish sponsors” are willing to go in order to de-escalate the conflict. To this end, he assured the General Assembly that while Syria welcomes de-escalation zones, that such measures are temporary and cannot be used to threaten the territorial unity of the country.

Walid Al-Muallem then stated that all parties must repsct the follwoing Syrian “red lines”

–The complete destruction of terrorism 

–The territorial unity of Syria and its people

–No foreign interference in Syria’s future 

–Only Syrians have the right to make such decisions and no one can deprive the Syrian people of the free and legal will to shape their country 

Turning to Israeli aggression against Syria, Walid Al-Muallem  slammed Israel’s “unscrupulous and thuggish” aggression against Syria. He spoke of how “the usurper entity” has for 70 years occupied Palestine and also occupied Syria’s Golan Heights.

He stated that if Israel thinks that the present conflict will make Syria give up on restoring the Golan, that Israel is being delusional. 

But, he said, Israel did not stop there. Walid Al-Muallem stated that Israel has “provided funds, weapons, material and communication equipment to Takrifi terrorists”. He continued, stating that Israel continues to bomb Syrian army positions in a move which directly helps terrorists, something Walid Al-Muallem said should not be surprising as Israel and the Takfiri terrorists have the same goals and interests.

Turning to the United States, he claimed that the US and its western allies continue to peddle lies including falsely accusing  Syria of using chemical weapons–in spite of an OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) report affirming that Syria has eliminated its old chemical weapons program. He claimed that this is evidence of an open conspiracy on the part of certain countries which is designed to slander Syria

Walid Al-Muallem then said that the US led coalition, which is in Syria to allegedly fight terrorism, has killed many more innocent Syrians, mostly women and children, than terrorists have done. Furthermore the US and its allies have destroyed vital infrastructure that Syrians have worked for decades to build.

Walid Al-Muallem blasted the US for its illegal attack on an airbase in western Syria from the 6th of April and said that Syria has always been willing to welcome UN inspectors to the country.

Walid Al-Muallem then said that the US and its so-called coalition failed to make any meaningful progress against ISIS and that instead, the US and its allies have actually killed more Syrians and destroyed more of Syria’s infrastructure and heritage than the terrorists themselves have managed to do. 

He further stated that the US use of prohibited white phosphorus bombs (a chemical weapon) “before the eyes of the world”, has exposed the hypocrisy of many members of the international community who have said nothing about this atrocity. 

He then turned to the hypocritical nature of western so-called NGOs, stating that certain countries have boasted about fighting terrorism in Syria and they have established groups under deceiving titles like ‘Friends of Syria’. The Minister remarked that it is ironic as these deceptive groups come from  the countries which are destroying the lives and livelihoods of Syrians.

Apart from just killing Syrians through military means, Walid Al-Muallem said that the unilateral sanctions against Syria (from mainly western nations) has created a crisis in Syria’s once excellent health care system.

He then affirmed that US, Turkish and European actions in Syria are illegal and that Syria considers the presence of any foreign troops in Syria without consent to be foreign occupiers who are violating international law and the Charter of the United Nations.

The Foreign Minister further stated that it is impossible to fight terrorism without coordination with the Syrian army

In spite of this crisis, Walid Al-Muallem proclaimed that Syria is on the march to a victory which is now in reach.

He continued,

“When this unjust war against Syria is over, the Syrian Arab Army will go down in history as the army which defeated terrorists who came to Syria from many countries and who received support from the most powerful countries in the world”.

Walid Al-Muallem stated that the occupying powers and the terrorist failed to impose their backward ideology on a nation which for decades was a cradle of civilisation

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mosad maze ?

christianblood
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christianblood

Great historical speech! The days of the satanic, imperialist, pro-ISIS (U$A) and its jihadist proxies are numbered in Syria! Victory to SAA, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah! Long live President Assad!

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Long live the incredibly brave Syrian Arab Army and government which have had the courage to stand up to and triumph over the terrorists and their US, UK, Saudi and Israeli supporters…

Never forget that the Real Axis of Evil is the US/Israeli/Saudi Axis of Death and Destruction…

And never forget THE ETERNAL SHAME OF THE UNITED STATES for having funded, armed and organized the cannibal terrorists of the Middle East since before 1979….

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GeorgeG
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I kiss the sword of truth and raise it in salute to Syria and Walid Al-Muallem.

S.M. De Kuyper
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S.M. De Kuyper

The Syrian Prime Ministers speech is a gale of fresh air where only fetid, putrid air has been since US self done 9/11. The US vassal states, all of them, are in great danger from America, with it’s bombs and it’s lies.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

We are seeing other nations pick up the flag which Russia and Putin in Munich 2007 first set flying: telling the truth, making no bones about who is doing what, and how the rest of the world feels about it. Truth is the powerful weapon we have, along with the commitment to honour and integrity that love of justice and life bring. The more of this that happens – and as more speak out, others will gain the courage to do so as well – then the faster the tide will turn against the aggressor, the sooner we can tell… Read more »

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

Whilst listening to this speech , I was simultaneously reading an RT article by John Pilger “The Killing of History” https://on.rt.com/8nyj It was quite incredible how many themes resonated with the Syrian FM and PM’s speech. Of course Mr Pilger speaks from a factual basis of many decades of US imperialist actions and is able to openly state the culprit. The Syrian speech did not even need to do so, such is the understanding by non-Western countries of US historical and present day violation of international law I am reminded of a further address that never grows irrelevant nor dated.… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

WOW thank you Terry….Forwarded to Europe as a reminder.

Sarah417
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Sarah417

I too want to thank you. I am an American and know what my country has done. I am ashamed.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

You’re not responsible for what has been deliberately and systematically hidden from you. Don’t feel ashamed for what a handful of grotesque, ruthless men have done. The fact that we have the opportunity now to learn about the evil deception that has been ongoing for a very long time is good. And you’re taking part in learning and disseminating information. Me too.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

Where are the rest of the Americans ? Are they ASLEEP, or are they supporting the USA slaughter of innocent people around the world ?

RussG
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RussG

Ray, the fact is, they do not know. The MSM in the US is the reason the ‘gubmint’ has got away with this. The truth, if revealed to all Americans (and they would watch the real news instead of The Batchelor or some stupid game show), would result in a huge civil uprising. But of course the ‘gubmint’ will see to it that does not happen.

Mike McPherson
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Mike McPherson

Terry, thanks for quoting one of the most articulate and revealing exposés of American foreign policy and its cover up by the magnificent Harold Pinter, it is always worth repeating.

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nodomino

Syria has won back it’s lawful and moral right to determine their own national direction. They and their allies have defeated the most odious regime extent on the planet Today. The government of the United States.

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ignasi

Many successes to the People of Syria to defend the Freedom of the peoples of the World

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Watchman for Truth

Imperialistic US military and Zionist Israel have waged a covert global campaign of endless terrorism and blatant atrocities on the defenseless and innocent. These psychopathic arrogant twins of evil will not end their arrogance and endless horrific wars of aggression until they are militarily challenged by Russia, China and Iran to finally obliterate them out of existence. The time for political peace talks is over…complete annihilation is the only solution. World peace can only be realistically achieved when these demons are exterminated.

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America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars
We don’t need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and
powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we don’t need
it.
https://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2017/09/21/1015592-americas-jews-are-driving-americas-wars/

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Great Expectations
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Where would you say the British royal family fit into this mix? I ask because: a) The Rothschilds and the Windsor ‘firm’ go back several generations in their financial dealings; b) I’ve seen several different stories about Princess Diana being Goldsmith’s secret daughter (Goldsmiths and Rothschilds marry each other a lot); and c) Princess Diana’s son is doing a bizarre and deliberate thing with his hand in his jacket in the first photo with Melania Trump in this report today on The Daily Mirror:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4912946/Prince-Harry-meets-workers-hospital-Canada.html

bluewater
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well my friend it is very long story…. you are correct.. You do know that the Windsors are GERMAN … The House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha … and then invade Britain with WILLIAM OF ORANGE and changed the name to WINDSORS so nobody would know they are GERMAN.
THE CITY OF LONDON run by THE ROTHSCHILDS is the financial capital of the world,while the VATICAN is the SPIRITUAL center and WASHINGTON D.C. is the MILITARY POWERcomment image comment image comment image

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Yes indeed. We appear to have visited all the same sources in our research.

bluewater
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bluewater
bluewater
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bluewater

Trump – Illuminati Jews are half-Jewish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2gu9eL4dXo&t=1s

bluewater
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bluewater

Global Citizen Festival: ILLUMINATi United Nations AGENDA 2030 “Sustainable Development” EXPOSED!!!
https://youtu.be/0T_Ydub3NEc

bluewater
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The Spencer family is blue blood..Diana was brought in to bring in FRESH BLOOD into these SATANISTS…because the blood was getting to pure and UGLY.. it was all planned at her birth. Prince William is a 33 degree FREEMASON and so is Harry so he is doing his HIDDEN HAND MASONIC SIGN. I do not mind telling you the TRUTH but i get censored a lot on these sites because those that run these sites do not like it..especially BLACKLISTED NEWS. AS far as Melania..she is not what you think she is..can not say here take the BLUE PILL and… Read more »

bluewater
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bluewater

The Queen of England is a CRYPTO JEW

PRINCE WILLIAM is a CRYPTO JEW

KATE MIDDLETON is a SAPHARDIC JEW

so the children are jewish..get the picture

QUEEN LIZY and the ROTHSCHILDS control the CROWN

https://youtu.be/hKycRuWnnO4

Gary Wells
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Gary Wells

I didn’t watch the speech, but what the ambassador said was simply the truth. Was that hag who so appropriately represents the US present for the speech?

Gavin Allen
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Gavin Allen

“Syria blasts…” The illegitimate dictatorship of the murderer Assad is not “Syria”.

Ian Shears
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Ian Shears

Honesty is so refreshing.

RussG
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RussG

Excellent speech, Mr. Al-Muallem! The only thing you could have stressed more is that the “West” and its hegemonic ideology is responsible for starting the war in Syria in the first place.

I wonder how many other UN attendees really absorbed the truth in this speech.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine a recent interview with the Financial Times given by Wolfgang Schäuble, where the former German Finance Minister, who was charged with finding a workable and sustainable solution to the Greek debt crisis, reveals that his plan for Greece to take a 10-year “timeout” from the eurozone (in order to devalue its currency and save its economy) was met with fierce resistance from Brussels hard liners, and Angela Merkel herself.

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“Look where we’re sitting!” says Wolfgang Schäuble, gesturing at the Berlin panorama stretching out beneath us. It is his crisp retort to those who say that Europe is a failure, condemned to a slow demise by its own internal contradictions. “Walk through the Reichstag, the graffiti left by the Red Army soldiers, the images of a destroyed Berlin. Until 1990 the Berlin Wall ran just below where we are now!”

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For a man who has done so much to put Berlin — and the Reichstag — back on the world-historical map, it is hard to imagine a more fitting lunch venue. With its open-plan kitchen and grey formica tables edged in chrome, Käfer has a cool, functional aesthetic that is typical of the city. On the wall hangs a sketch by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who famously wrapped the Reichstag in silver fabric in 1995.

The restaurant has one other big advantage: it is easy to reach from Schäuble’s office. Now 76, he has been confined to a wheelchair since he was shot in an assassination attempt in 1990, and mobility is an issue. Aides say he tends to avoid restaurants if he can, especially at lunchtime.

As we take our places, we talk about Schäuble’s old dream — that German reunification would be a harbinger of European unity, a step on the road to a United States of Europe. That seems hopelessly out of reach in these days of Brexit, the gilets jaunes in France, Lega and the Five Star Movement in Italy.

Some blame Schäuble himself for that. He was, after all, the architect of austerity, a fiscal hawk whose policy prescriptions during the euro crisis caused untold hardship for millions of ordinary people, or so his critics say. He became a hate figure, especially in Greece. Posters in Athens in 2015 depicted him with a Hitler moustache below the words: “Wanted — for mass poverty and devastation”.

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It is an extraordinary revelation, one that highlights just how rocky his relationship with Merkel has been over the years. Schäuble has been at her side from the start, an éminence grise who has helped to resolve many of the periodic crises of her 13 years as chancellor. But it was never plain sailing.

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That might have been the case when he was a serving minister, but since becoming speaker of parliament in late 2017 he has increasingly distanced himself from Merkel. Last year, when she announced she would not seek re-election as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, the party that has governed Germany for 50 of the past 70 years, Schäuble openly backed a candidate described by the Berlin press as the “anti-Merkel”. Friedrich Merz, a millionaire corporate lawyer who is the chairman of BlackRock Germany, had once led the CDU’s parliamentary group but lost out to Merkel in a power struggle in 2002, quitting politics a few years later. He has long been seen as one of the chancellor’s fiercest conservative critics — and is a good friend of Schäuble’s.

Ultimately, in a nail-biting election last December, Merkel’s favoured candidate, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, narrowly beat Merz. The woman universally known as “AKK” is in pole position to succeed Merkel as chancellor when her fourth and final term ends in 2021.

I ask Schäuble if it’s true that he had once again waged a battle against Merkel and once again lost. “I never went to war against Ms Merkel,” he says. “Everybody says that if I’m for Merz then I’m against Merkel. Why is that so? That’s nonsense.”

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The conclusion of the Russiagate investigation, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was a pivotal media watershed moment. Even at the time of this writing there is a great deal of what might be called “journalistic froth” as opinion makers and analysts jostle to make their takes on this known to the world. Passions are running very high in both the Democrat / anti-Trump camps, where the reactions range from despondency to determined rage to not swallow the gigantic red pill that the “no collusion with Russia” determination offers. In the pro-Trump camp, the mood is deserved relief, but many who support the President are also realists, and they know this conflict is not over.

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Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins:
As a supplement to the notification provided on Friday, March 22, 2019, I am writing today to advise you of the principal conclusions reached by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller and to inform you about the status of my initial review of the report he has prepared.
The Special Counsel’s Report
On Friday, the Special Counsel submitted to me a “confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions” he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R. § 600.8(c). This report is entitled “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.” Although my review is ongoing, I believe that it is in the public interest to describe the report and to summarize the principal conclusions reached by the Special Counsel and the results of his investigation.
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Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
The Special Counsel’s report is divided into two parts. The first describes the results of the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The report outlines the Russian effort to influence the election and documents crimes committed by persons associated with the Russian government in connection with those efforts. The report further explains that a primary consideration for the Special Counsel’s investigation was whether any Americans including individuals associated with the Trump campaign joined the Russian conspiracies to influence the election, which would be a federal crime. The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As the report states: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
The Special Counsel’s investigation determined that there were two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. The first involved attempts by a Russian organization, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the United States designed to sow social discord, eventually with the aim of interfering with the election. As noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly coordinated with the IRA in its efforts, although the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian nationals and entities in connection with these activities.
The second element involved the Russian government’s efforts to conduct computer hacking operations designed to gather and disseminate information to influence the election. The Special Counsel found that Russian government actors successfully hacked into computers and obtained emails from persons affiliated with the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organizations, and publicly disseminated those materials through various intermediaries, including WikiLeaks. Based on these activities, the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian military officers for conspiring to hack into computers in the United States for purposes of influencing the election. But as noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.
Obstruction of Justice.
The report’s second part addresses a number of actions by the President most of which have been the subject of public reporting that the Special Counsel investigated as potentially raising obstruction-of-justice concerns. After making a “thorough factual investigation” into these matters, the Special Counsel considered whether to evaluate the conduct under Department standards governing prosecution and declination decisions but ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment. The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion one way or the other as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction. Instead, for each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the Special Counsel views as “difficult issues” of law and fact concerning whether the President’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction. The Special Counsel states that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
The Special Counsel’s decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime. Over the course of the investigation, the Special Counsel’s office engaged in discussions with certain Department officials regarding many of the legal and factual matters at issue in the Special Counsel’s obstruction investigation. After reviewing the Special Counsel’s final report on these issues; consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense. Our determination was made without regard to, and is not based on, the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president.
In making this determination, we noted that the Special Counsel recognized that “the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference,” and that, while not determinative, the absence of such evidence bears upon the President’s intent with respect to obstruction. Generally speaking, to obtain and sustain an obstruction conviction, the government would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct with a sufficient nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding. In cataloguing the President’s actions, many of which took place in public view, the report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent, each of which, under the Department’s principles of federal prosecution guiding charging decisions, would need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to establish an obstruction-of-justice offense.
Status of the Department’s Review
The relevant regulations contemplate that the Special Counsel’s report will be a “confidential report” to the Attorney General. See Office of Special Counsel, 64 Fed. Reg. 37,038, 37,040-41 (July 9, 1999). As I have previously stated, however, I am mindful of the public interest in this matter. For that reason, my goal and intent is to release as much of the Special Counsel’s report as I can consistent with applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies.
Based on my discussions with the Special Counsel and my initial review, it is apparent that the report contains material that is or could be subject to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure which imposes restrictions on the use and disclosure of information relating to “matter[s] occurring before grand jury.” Fed. R. Crim. P. 6(e)(2)(B) Rule 6(e) generally limits disclosure of certain grand jury information in a criminal investigation and prosecution. Id. Disclosure of 6(e) material beyond the strict limits set forth in the rule is a crime in certain circumstances. See, e.g. 18 U.S.C. 401(3). This restriction protects the integrity of grand jury proceedings and ensures that the unique and invaluable investigative powers of a grand jury are used strictly for their intended criminal justice function.
Given these restrictions, the schedule for processing the report depends in part on how quickly the Department can identify the 6(e) material that by law cannot be made public. I have requested the assistance of the Special Counsel in identifying all 6(e) information contained in the report as quickly as possible. Separately, I also must identify any information that could impact other ongoing matters, including those that the Special Counsel has referred to other offices. As soon as that process is complete, I will be in a position to move forward expeditiously in determining what can be released in light of applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies.
* * *
As I observed in my initial notification, the Special Counsel regulations provide that “the Attorney General may determine that public release of” notifications to your respective Committees “would be in the public interest.” 28 C.F.R. § 600.9(c). I have so determined, and I will disclose this letter to the public after delivering it to you.
Sincerely,
William P. Barr
Attorney General

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