Mueller report update What the special counsel said and how to read

first_imgIt’s been over a month since special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election became available to the public, with a fair number of redactions. But today marks the first time Mueller spoke out on the report in a 10-minute public statement to explain why he won’t further testify to Congress on the report’s contents.”The report is my testimony,” said Mueller, a former FBI director. “I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.”Mueller also announced his resignation from the Department of Justice and said the special counsel’s office is closing now that its investigative work is done.The 448-page report, available as a PDF for download from the Justice Department’s website, is the culmination of a high-profile, nearly two-year investigation that captured the attention of Americans and interested onlookers abroad. Beyond posing questions about the relationship between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign and whether they worked together to secure his victory, it also shined a light on how the US election system was vulnerable to manipulation from outside forces. The investigation came to an end on March 22 when special counsel Mueller delivered his report to US Attorney General William Barr.The bottom line: There’s no question Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election and that its attacks on the US “deserves the attention of every American,” Mueller said Wednesday.Two days after receiving the report in late March, Barr sent a four-page summary to Congress with his conclusion the Trump campaign didn’t conspire with Russia on the interference and that Trump didn’t obstruct justice. On April 18, the Justice Department livestreamed a press conference — about an hour before the release of the redacted report — in which Barr stated that no conspiracy was found between the Russians trying to undermine the election and any Americans, including members of the Trump campaign.  But Barr’s summary and press conference has set off its own controversy, with Democrats and other critics of saying Barr misrepresented the findings and left the public confused.  More on the Mueller report Justice Department indicts 12 Russian cyberspies suspected… Now playing: Watch this: In the past two months, lawmakers have weighed in, with Democrats saying Barr showed bias toward Trump and Republicans saying the public release of the redacted report was a positive thing. Critics note details in the report paint Trump in a negative light. Although Mueller’s investigation didn’t establish conspiracy on the part of the president, it made no definitive determination on obstruction of justice. Barr’s March 24 letter quotes the Mueller report as saying that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on the matter of obstruction. Barr has opted not pursue an investigation into the questions surrounding obstruction.The law doesn’t require the DOJ to release a report on a special counsel investigation. But the president indicated on March 20 he wanted the report released and said, “Let people see it.” Politicians from both major parties continue to insist that the full report, with a minimum of redactions, be released.What we know about the redactionsAt his April 18 press conference about the release of the Mueller report, Barr said there are “limited redactions” in the version of the report released to Congress and the public and that they are “clearly labeled.” He went on to explain that there are four categories of redactions in the report:Grand jury materialInformation that would disclose sensitive sourcesInformation that would impair other casesInformation that would implicate the privacy or reputation of third partiesHe also said that no redactions or recommendations for redactions were made by people outside the Justice Department and no redactions were made based on the president’s executive privilege. Top Democrats in Congress have called for the release of the Mueller report in its entirety. In a joint statement on March 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said Barr isn’t a neutral observer and that his letter “raises as many questions as it answers.”On May 1, Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the Mueller report, and he defended his March 24 summary and his overall assessment of the investigation. The day before the hearing, it was revealed that Mueller had written a letter to Barr saying, in part, that the attorney general’s summary “did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions.”In the meantime, what Mueller found during his 675-day investigation could lead to a widening of the partisan divide in the US, with Trump supporters likely to view the final results of the Mueller probe as exonerating the president, while his detractors see the report’s contents and existing indictments as ample proof of wrongdoing.How to read the Mueller Report for freeYou can access Mueller’s report at the Department of Justice website. Since it’s in PDF format, you can download the file to your device for offline viewing or transfer it to another device like a phone, tablet or e-reader.You can also read the 448-page report directly here: Meanwhile, six Trump associates have been accused of crimes that include financial malfeasance and lying to investigators, and five of them have already been convicted or pleaded guilty. The most prominent are Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump 2016 campaign; Michael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer; and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser. Mueller also has indicted longtime Trump political adviser Roger Stone over his alleged ties to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. Why Trump is unlikely to be impeached With Trump himself unlikely to be indicted or subpoenaed and the Senate controlled by Republications, making it unlikely they would uphold a vote to impeach, impeachment had been deemed unlikely. Even before Barr’s summary to Congress, that option became even more unlikely when Pelosi stated in early March that she doesn’t support impeachment, saying that unless there’s overwhelming evidence, impeachment would become too partisan and divisive to make it worth dominating the agenda of Congress. But after Mueller’s May 29 press briefing, more than three dozen Democrats — and one Republican — have called for impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives to begin.  Congressional investigations will continue Even without an impeachment effort, we will see more investigations. The House Intelligence Committee announced in February it was widening its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. As CBS News reported, the committee’s chairman, Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, pointed out that a new addition to the five lines of inquiry would be “[w]hether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates.” Separately, the House Judiciary Committee has launched an investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey.Schiff has also pushed for Mueller to appear before the House Intelligence Committee to testify about the investigation: What’s the backstory here?Mueller’s investigation has led to indictments of six of Trump’s advisers, along with 26 Russian nationals, including some on charges of hacking. Indictments against 12 of the Russians were tied to malware that infected the servers of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election campaign. The compromised servers enabled the theft of thousands of emails that were subsequently published by WikiLeaks. No new indictments were expected, according to CBS News. And long-running Justice Department policy means that it’s unlikely a sitting president would be indicted. In fact, Mueller specifically cited the department’s policy as the reason his office couldn’t even consider charging Trump with a crime.  The president wasted no time responding to Barr’s initial summary on March 24, tweeting: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION.” He has repeated that statement multiple times since then, though Mueller’s remarks on May 29 call into question the president’s summation of the report since Mueller’s team opted not to exonerate the president on possible obstruction charges. Said Mueller, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”  In response, Trump criticized Mueller this week as a “never Trumper.” Originally published March 24. Updates, March 27: Adds Amazon listings; March 29: Adds information on when the report will go to Congress; April 9: Adds Barr’s statement on when he’ll send the report to Congress; April 15: Adds that DOJ will release the report on April 18; April 17: Adds information on the Attorney General’s press conference; April 18: Adds official link to the report and information about the redactions. April 19: Adds background information. May 1: Adds reference to Barr’s appearance at a Senate hearing. May 28: Adds news of Robert Mueller’s first public statement about the report. May 30: Adds additional comments from Mueller’s public statement and details around new calls for impeachment proceedings. Now playing: Watch this: No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019center_img AG Barr: Trump campaign did not work with Russia in election… 1:45 1:59 The House Intelligence Committee has formally invited Special Counsel Mueller to testify on the counterintelligence investigation.After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barr’s political spin. pic.twitter.com/PWIXvl7MLv— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 18, 2019 Tags The facts on the Trump-Russia case How to read the Mueller report for free AG says no evidence of Trump collusion in report Findings will be delivered to Congress on CD, says report Memes all about being redacted for your amusement Security Why the Mueller report was released to the public In addition to the president, other top Democratic and Republican lawmakers have said they want the full report released. They include Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, and Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida.The Justice Department worked with Mueller’s team to redact certain information from the public version of the report. During his Senate confirmation hearings in January, Barr told senators he wanted to release as much of the report as possible, “consistent with the law,” as reported by CBS News. Barr said he would be clear about the redactions, according to The New York Times. Who’s been indicted so far As detailed by The New York Times, 32 people have been charged with crimes by Mueller, including 26 Russian nationals who are unlikely to stand trial. Those indictments include charges against 12 Russian hackers alleged to have been behind cyberattacks in 2016 against the Democratic National Committee and against 13 Russians for spreading disinformation on social media, as well as the propaganda efforts’ chief accountant. last_img read more

SP leader Santosh Punem kidnapped murdered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh

first_imgSP leader Santosh PunemFacebook/Santosh PunemA Samajwadi Party (SP) leader was kidnapped and killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district. The incident happened on Tuesday (June 18) evening. “Santosh Punem a resident of Marimalla who also worked as a contractor was abducted from his construction site in Marimalla village on Tuesday late evening,” Suderaj P, DIG (anti-Naxal operations), was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. “The incident spot is about 15km away from the police station, deep in the jungles and we have sent a police party. We will be able to share remaining details once police party returns,” the DIG said.After Punem was kidnapped, his family pleaded with the Maoists to return him but in vain. Reports state that Punem, who also works as a contractor, was under the Maoists’ radar for quite a while before his kidnapping and subsequent death. Punem had contested for the assembly elections in Chhattisgarh last year and lost. He had again contested in the recent Lok Sabha elections. He was the vice-president of SP in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar.last_img read more

Energy quantization enhances the performance of singleatom heat machines

first_imgIllustration of a situation in which work cannot be extracted from a classical ideal gas, but can be extracted from a quantum one. Credit: Gelbwaser-Klimovsky et al. ©2018 American Physical Society More information: David Gelbwaser-Klimovsky, Alexei Bylinskii, Dorian Gangloff, Rajibul Islam, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, and Vladan Vuletic. “Single-Atom Heat Machines Enabled by Energy Quantization.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.170601Also at arXiv:1705.11180 [quant-ph] Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Energy quantization enhances the performance of single-atom heat machines (2018, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-energy-quantization-single-atom-machines.html Miniaturised ‘heat engines’ could power nanoscale machines of the future This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Explore further The physicists, David Gelbwaser-Klimovsky at Harvard University and coauthors, have published a paper on using energy quantization to improve the performance of heat machines in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.In their work, the researchers compared the performance of classical and quantum heat machines, which convert heat into work. In the classical version, a compressible working substance (usually a gas) is required for operation. When the working substance is heated, it expands and drives the engine’s mechanical motion. In practice, it can be experimentally challenging to reach the large compression ratios needed for high performance. However, in the quantum version with quantized energy levels, the heat engine does not require a compressible working substance, but instead can function with incompressible working substances. So overall, when considering energy quantization in a heat engine, the classical paradigms break down and large compression ratios are no longer needed to obtain highly efficient heat engines. As the scientists demonstrated, the appropriate manipulation of energy levels leads to higher efficiencies and opens the doors to realizing heat machines that are classically inconceivable.The physicists also showed that, although energy quantization can improve heat engine efficiency, the efficiency is still subject to the Carnot limit—the fundamental limit on the efficiency of any heat engine. In addition, the performance improvement only occurs when the quantized energy levels are inhomogenously scaled, which is a regime that so far has received little attention. In the future, the researchers plan to further investigate this regime, as well as explore different kinds of working substances, such as those composed of interacting or indistinguishable particles. © 2018 Phys.org Physicists have demonstrated that energy quantization can improve the efficiency of a single-atom heat engine to exceed the performance of its classical counterpart. Energy quantization, in which the energy levels of a system occur only in discrete values, is a quintessential feature of quantum systems and differs from the continuous energy levels that occur in classical systems.last_img read more

Man woman found hanging in Digha hotel room

first_imgKolkata: A man and a woman committed suicide by hanging themselves at a hotel room in Digha on Friday morning.Police said the victims Shankar Sarkar (29) and Atasi Sarkar (26) had checked in to the hotel on Thursday and claimed themselves to be husband and wife. Investigation revealed that both of them were residents of Tarakeswar in Hooghly. Police came to know from the employees of the hotel that it was on Thursday night when they reached Digha and checked in to the room. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWhen asked by the employees whether they would take dinner on Thursday night, they informed that they already had dinner. That was the last time, the employees saw them.On Friday morning, one of them went to clean the room and knocked on the door. The employee, who went to clean the room, knocked on the door repeatedly. But there was no response.The employee informed his colleagues, who also knocked on the door. Finally, the manager of the hotel contacted police. Policemen from Digha police station went to the hotel and broke open the door only to find both of them hanging from the ceiling. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice brought both the bodies down and sent them for post-mortem.They searched the room and found identity cards in their bags. Police contacted the victims’ family members and searched if they had left any suicide note in the room.Police are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind this extreme step but suspect that some family related trouble led to the incident. They will also speak to the victims’ family members to reach the root of the incident.last_img read more