Mueller Report: Does it help Russia Sow Seeds of Distrust?

The Mueller report exonerated President Trump of being a Russian agent. But did it also give Russia the fuel it needs to cause more trouble here in the U.S. as a new election nears?

It appears that the Russia collusion is sandwiched at both ends with questioned political documents – the infamous anti-Trump opposition research dossier at the beginning, and the Robert Mueller report at the end.

Mueller concluded that no American conspired with Russia, but also implied that the evidence found doesn’t entirely exonerate President Trump. It’s easy to see how this can cause confusion that can be easily used by political forces to stir the pot.

Check out this excerpt from The Hill by John Solomon titled “And the winner of the Robert Mueller Sweepstakes is — Vladimir Putin.”

It seems remarkably fitting that a now-disproven Russian collusion scandal started with a blatantly political memo known as the Steele dossier and ended with another called the Mueller report.

I’ve covered the Department of Justice (DOJ) for three decades, a period that involved some of Washington’s biggest scandals (Iran-Contra, Whitewater, impeachment), prosecutors’ biggest triumphs (the Unabomber case) and the FBI’s biggest missteps (the lab scandal and pre-Sept.11 intelligence failures).

I’ve seen and read prosecutorial declination memos before, and few resemble the one that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team presented to the DOJ and released by Attorney General William Barr.  

Most are written simply to explain why prosecutors choose not to charge a high-profile suspect whose name was besmirched publicly. Almost all are written in the spirit of the central tenet of American jurisprudence: One is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

Mueller’s report is not written from that presumption. In fact, it is written more from the perspective that President Trump may be guilty until proven otherwise. Here’s why.

Both volumes of the report — Russia collusion and obstruction — start as a narrative that goes like this: If we were going to indict Trump, here’s our best evidence.

Volume I then ends like a “straw man.” After listing every titillating piece of evidence, Mueller concludes his evidence did not establish a conspiracy between Trump and Russia to hijack the 2016 election. In fact, it unequivocally stated no American conspired with Russia.

Volume II takes the same path on obstruction issues — but Mueller then punts with this remarkable have-it-both-ways conclusion: “This report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

In short, Mueller’s report lay out all the dirty laundry and then passes on criminal charges. (continued)

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4 thoughts on “Mueller Report: Does it help Russia Sow Seeds of Distrust?”

  1. Jeffery Wayne Tartt

    Russia? The Russians DID NOT interfere in the 2016 Election, The DNC and The folks in charge of keeping Americans safe, DID. To write, talk about or in anyway print or produce anything other than that, is pure propaganda. What PROOF do I have to support the FACTS? (If) it did happen. The Media and those in government would be after obama and his minions for allowing it to happen. No more PROOF is needed. Next issue, please?

  2. I harbor no illusions about Russian malevolence, nor doubt that they have mucked with our elections for years. But I’m very suspicious of the claimed hacking and the delivery to WikiLeaks. This because WikiLeaks has not, as far as I understand, ever knowing misled the public; the only entity that can say that in this story. WikiLeaks denies the assertion. So I need proof of the claims… maybe if we had the DNC server…

  3. Carolyn Reilly

    There were ‘reveals’ in Russian print media about the St Petersburg Troll Factory, IRA, starting in 2013. The Russian independent paper Gayzetta printed the names of all of the Russian fake social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc before the 2016 election. It was all out in public and Obama told the US intelligence services to stand down. The 2 Russian reporters who infiltrated the troll factory and did the expose’ now work for BBC-Russia. The troll factory paid very well and had many English speaking hackers. They had production goals to maintain and did a lot of election meddling every day. they began meddling in their own region then graduated to the US election.

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