10 Things You Need to Know from the Mueller Report Release

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full report – albeit heavily redacted – was finally released to the public Thursday morning and we now can see for ourselves just how misleading William Barr’s summary of the report is, and to what extent the attorney general has been acting as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer/PR agent rather than acting on behalf of justice.

Here are some of the major revelations of the day you ought to know:

 

1. MUELLER DID HAVE FEELINGS ON OBSTRUCTION

While Barr initially characterized Mueller as taking no stance on obstruction of justice, it’s clear that he found plenty of reason that Trump was guilty of obstruction.

Mueller went so far as to say that he would have been willing to exonerate Trump on obstruction, but he couldn’t based on the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Trump repeatedly directed subordinates not to tell the facts or cooperate with the investigation, and even had his attorneys give vague threats to cooperating witnesses. He also continually tried to get people to fire Mueller and end the investigation altogether.

It’s important to note that the fact that the White House staff did not comply with every demand to destroy the investigation does not in any way change what Trump was attempting to do.

 

2. MUELLER WANTED CONGRESS TO TAKE THE NEXT STEPS

After laying out the case on obstruction of justice, Mueller conceded that it was beyond his power to indict a sitting president for such crimes. Instead, he indicated that he was handing off his work with the expectation that Congress could then use its power to censure or impeach as they saw fit in order to hold the president accountable for his wrongdoing.

 

3. …OR JUST CHARGE HIM LATER

The way the report reads, it seems like Mueller also left open the possibility that Trump could be charged on these matters after leaving office.

 

4. CONTACT WITH RUSSIA WAS EXTENSIVE

Mueller did not find or look for “collusion” with the Russian government because that is not a “legal term.” However, he did establish that Trump and over 17 of his prominent campaign staffers had significant contact with Russian power players over 100 times. Obviously, this discovery is totally at odds with Trump’s previous insistence that his team did not “communicate” with foreign entities during his campaign.

 

5. RUSSIA ACTED ON TRUMP’S COMMAND IMMEDIATELY

Remember when Trump publicly declared, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 [Clinton] emails that are missing”? Well, it apparently took no time at all for Russia to take Trump’s directive. About five hours later, Russian hackers started to try to infiltrate Hillary Clinton’s email servers.

6. SARAH SANDERS LIED

When interviewed by Mueller, Press Secretary Sanders admitted she had lied to reporters at a briefing when she said “countless” FBI agents no longer had confidence in James Comey. Although the story the White House pitched was that lots of members of the FBI wanted Comey gone to justify his firing, Sanders told Mueller her statement was a mere “slip of the tongue” without backing in reality. Okay, then!

 

7. TRUMP THOUGHT MUELLER WOULD END HIM

Upon hearing of the appointment of the special counsel, Trump told Jeff Sessions, “This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” You know, the sort of reaction you’d expect to hear from someone who has nothing to hide.

 

8. TRUMP CAMPAIGN MAY HAVE COLLABORATED WITH WIKI BUT NOT HACK

According to Barr in his latest briefing, “Publication of [hacked emails] would not be criminal unless the publisher also participated in the underlying hacking conspiracy… The special counsel’s report did not find that any person associated with the Trump campaign illegally participated in the dissemination of the materials.”

Reporters found Barr’s wording particularly curious. Why go out of his way to define what he thinks would be necessary to be criminal, and then say no one on Trump’s campaign “illegally” cooperated in such an act? He seems to be acknowledging wrongdoing but concealing it at the same time.

 

9. TRUMP’S “COOPERATION” WITH MUELLER WAS INSUFFICIENT

Yes, he provided written answers to Mueller’s questions, but at least 30 times Trump responded that he couldn’t recall the events Mueller asked about. (Trump has previously boasted of having “one of the great memories of all time.”)

This avoidance technique may have kept Trump from incriminating himself, but that’s why Mueller thought his investigation couldn’t be sufficiently complete without getting to probe Trump in person with follow-up questions. The notion that Trump “fully cooperated” with the investigation is a farce, but subpoenaing the president would have been too time-consuming from the Mueller team’s perspective.

 

10. WHITE HOUSE GOT TIPPED OFF BY GOP IN SENATE

Republican Senator Richard Burr, head of the Intelligence Committee, sent privileged information he learned via FBI investigations on Russian interference to Trump and the White House, presumably so they’d know what the feds were finding out about the situation.

 

85 comments

Susanne R
Susanne R27 days ago

Rhoberta E. - Do the stars I've been sending your way still appear to be coming from "past member"?

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E28 days ago

@ Susanne R
Seems like C2 is experiencing some sort of meltdown !!!
I read your message and I concur with your assessment !!
It's really quite amusing !

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Susanne R
Susanne R28 days ago

Rhoberta E. - Regarding your question: "Did you ever notice that if you ask a certain BOT a question not in its "program" that it isn't ever answered? The ENDLESS cut and paste doesn't allow for that. It almost makes you wonder about "interference " here on C2."

Yes, I did notice that and other suspicious behaviors. Please check your email account.

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Susanne R
Susanne R28 days ago

Paul B. - You said, "As for the "meddling" itself, you do realize that they only spent a few hundred thousand in facebook ads and such, spreading disinformation. How can that really have any impact given the billions that were spent during the campaign by both sides."

Really??? "In an indictment announced Friday in Washington, Mueller describes a years-long, multimillion-dollar conspiracy by hundreds of Russians aimed at criticizing Hillary Clinton and supporting Senator Bernie Sanders and Trump. Mueller charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities and accused them of defrauding the U.S. government by interfering with the political process.

Those involved spent some $1.25 million per month on ad campaigns and measured their efforts much as an ad agency would, according to the indictment. It says the group kept track of metrics like views and comments, and measured engagement."

https://adage.com/article/digital/russia-spent-1-25m-ads-acted-agency-mueller/312424

Consider how this information was spread like wildfire by the poorly informed individuals who supported trump...

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E28 days ago

brian f
BTW, I didn't notice the Iraq war, Monsanto, fracking,, the TPP, marijuana (your personal favourite ), mentioned in the Mueller report !!
Now speaking of being OFF topic or your rocker or both !!!

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E28 days ago

brian f BOT
How's Vlad ?

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Brian F
Brian F28 days ago

Some people are so stubborn that even after 2 years of investigations that proved nothing, they still believe Russia caused Trump to win. Half the people didn't vote because they couldn't stand Hillary. Instead of blaming Russia, blame the corrupt Democratic party that rigged the primary for Bernie Sanders to lose, anointed a crook Hillary who repulses people, and caused Trump to win. Votes must be earned and the Democrats have earned nothing by rigging the primary for Bernie Sanders to lose, and anointing this horrible corporatist and war monger Hillary who supported the Iraq war, Monsanto, world wide natural gas fracking, the TPP, and refused to support Medicare for all or marijuana legalization. Let this phony Russia conspiracy theory go. Instead focus on ending the corruption of the Democrats which caused Trump to win.

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Susanne R
Susanne R28 days ago

Paul B. - (Continued)
In January, according to The Times, Nielsen was furious when 45% of cyberdefense workers at the DHS were furloughed as a result of the government shutdown." You'll notice that since this information came to light, Secretary Nielsen was asked" to resign.

So, although trump may not have been aware that Putin was trying to get him elected early in the game, he DID learn about it later and instead of doing his patriotic and presidential duty, he ignored it and lied and bragged about his win. And we all know that he has and continues to obstruct justice by ignoring subpoenas and instructing his staff to lie.

I can't let this go. it's much too important.

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Brian F
Brian F28 days ago

Rhoberta E Can you ever stay on topic? Instead of insulting people, try addressing the issue.

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Susanne R
Susanne R29 days ago

Paul B. - I need to let it go? I'm presenting the facts as they become available. You're defending someone by claiming that "he's innocent until proven guilty." Congress, the branch of government that represents us - the citizens-- is trying to do just that. Unfortunately, the man you believe to be as clean as the driven snow is ignoring subpoenas and demanding that his staff, his accountants, his lawyers and anyone else who might be able to shed some light on the charges being made against him against him to not cooperate. That in itself depicts a man who's as guilty as hell. To go to such great lengths to hide something when you have nothing to hide is insane. Didn't he give himself the title "Mr. Transparency"?

I agree (and I've said this before), that he may not have been aware of Russia's illegal activities to get him elected, but that doesn't excuse him from doing nothing about it when he did find out. Russia is still meddling, and he does nothing to defend our democracy. I read in this morning's paper that "Former Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen was worried about Russia meddling in the 2020 election, but was reportedly warned not to bring the issue up to Trump."

"Last year, national security adviser John Bolton eliminated the position of cybersecurity coordinator at the White House. In January, according to The Times, Nielsen was furious when 45% of cyberdefense workers at the DHS were furloughed as a result of the government s

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