Justice Department Released the Long-Awaited Redacted Mueller Report to the Public
By Luis Mercado 04/19/2019
A two-year investigation into alleged cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Russian government is complete. A redacted version of the results were released to Congress and the public on Thursday morning.
The report, which is over 400 pages, covered a wide range of topics from alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 Presidential Election to whether or not President Donald Trump obstructed justice.
In the first section of Mueller’s report, it shows how Russia was able to disrupt the 2016 Presidential Election and the interactions between Trump associates and Russia. The second section of the report focuses on times Trump may have obstructed justice.
In the report, the day Trump learned Mueller was appointed, he was not pleased and concerned for his presidency saying “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f***ed.” The report described how the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm, began interfering in elections as far back as 2014. That year four employees traveled to America on an intelligence-gathering mission to help in the two years of psychological warfare on voters through planting false news, paying for rallies and hacking the DNC.
In another part of the report, Mueller couldn’t reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. Mueller’s report reads “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.” The special counsel investigated Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey in May of 2017 and attempts to fire Mueller. The report concluded that the special counsel couldn’t find the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with “sweeping and systematic” Russian interference effort.
The report doesn’t signal the end for the Trump Administration’s legal battles. Mueller’s team has transferred 11 cases such as the investigation into Roger Stone because they are ongoing as well as 14 other investigations to US Attorneys’ offices.