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Mueller pulls his punches, handing Trump more power than ever

By Les Whittington      

Robert Mueller has mostly provided fresh evidence that the U.S. president is able in large measure to operate outside the intended system of checks and balances central to U.S. governance.

'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 ... however, we are unable to reach that judgment,' determined special counsel Robert Mueller in his recently released report. Pete Souza photograph courtesy of the White House

OTTAWA—Returning to North America after a bit of time abroad, it’s stunning to look at the state of government in the United States, where President Donald Trump is well on his way to the kind of one-man rule one more readily associates with banana republics and tin-pot dictatorships.

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