Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report Released
On April 18, 2019 Attorney General William Barr released the full (redacted) “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” by Special Counsel Robert Mueller (Parts of the report have been blacked out (redacted) due to what AG Barr categorizes as either “Harm to ongoing Matter”, “Personal Privacy”, “Investigative Technique”, or “Grand Jury”) (1). The report is divided into two parts: Volume I and Volume II; Volume I covers Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the possible involvement of Trump and/or members of the Trump Campaign, and Volume II covers possible obstruction of justice to the investigation by President Trump. Volume I of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report reveals two main findings: First, that “the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion”. “The Special Counsel’s investigation established that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election principally through two operations. First, a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favored presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Second, a Russian intelligence service conducted computer-intrusion operations against entities, employees, and volunteers working on the Clinton Campaign and then released stolen documents.” (2. Volume I, Page 1). Second, “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” (2. Volume I, Page 2). Volume II of the report “did not draw ultimate conclusions about the President’s conduct.” (2. Volume II, Page 182). Special Counsel Robert Mueller went on to say if they “had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state, … [and] while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” (2. Volume II, Page 182). A more detailed summary of the report’s findings will be outlined in subsequent articles.