When the Mueller Report was released, the media scrambled to read and disseminate it. Quotes from the report abounded on the news. Volume 2 seemed to be the highlight. All of the evidence of potential crimes was allegedly contained therein. However, I find the Mueller Report Volume 1 to be very informative.
In this article I will highlight the quotes I found to be significant. I will not do so in order of appearance. Rather, I will organize them into corresponding topics addressing questions that I had prior to reading the report. Let’s get straight to it, since this will be a lengthy article.
Was Russia responsible for the hacking of DNC servers?
The answer is an emphatic and resounding “yes”. The report identifies specific departments of Russian government agencies involved. In the section on the indictment of those Russians, the report says the following.
Were the Russian efforts specifically to help Trump get elected according to the Mueller Report Volume 1?
Furthermore, upon Trump having won the election, these were the words of an undisclosed person to a high ranking Russian.
Did the Russian interference influence the election?
The report doesn’t, and perhaps can’t state that one way or the other. However, there is this interesting quote.
This quote shows that the Russians clearly thought they could influence the election. Moreover, the next quote shows they had help from some of the highest ranking American sources.
Sean Hannity, wittingly or not, was involved in spreading the Russian troll messages. Hannity has the highest rated cable news show. Therefore, I can reasonably conclude that he has a pretty good grasp on what will move the needle. Furthermore, he has a vast audience. Thus, I can conclude the following things.
Hannity believed the Russian efforts would help to elect Trump.
Sean’s vast audience was exposed to the Russian propaganda by someone they trusted.
Hence, to conclude that Russian interference did not help Trump get elected is to conclude that Hannity either is out of touch or ineffective.
Does The Mueller Report Volume 1 give us any idea how many people were reached by Russian bot social media accounts?
Did the Trump campaign directly assist Russia in their efforts.
I had assumed the answer would be “not that we can prove”. However, I was surprised to see an emphatic “yes”.
Does the Mueller Report Volume 1 address the Seth Rich conspiracy theory.
Sean Hannity is beginning to look more and more like a Russian agent.
What was Veselnitskaya doing in the country?
This is another right wing conspiracy theory. Basically, some claim that Obama snuck her into the country to approach Trump so they could open an investigation into Russian collusion. The Mueller Report Volume 1 thoroughly debunks this.
Did Trump’s request to Russia to find Hillary’s emails result in any direct action by the Russians?
Did the Trump Campaign think that the Trump Tower Moscow project would help the campaign?
Was the meeting between the Trump Campaign and the Russian lawyer collusion with Russia?
The answer is an emphatic “yes”. Was it criminal conspiracy? After all of their rantings about Hillary not getting charged, Trump supporters are going to hate this.
I found the quote “did not obtain admissible evidence” to be interesting. In many other places Mueller states “we found no evidence”. This was highly unusual wording.
Did members of the Trump Campaign and/or Administration fully cooperate?
Not even close.
Did the Mueller Report Volume 1 find evidence that President Trump attempted to thwart the investigation?
This thoroughly debunks Trump’s narrative of total cooperation.
Was Jeff Sessions wrong to recuse himself?
I realize that this is a ridiculous question. However, President Trump has said this so much that many of his supporters believe it. Moreover, I didn’t realize the full extent of the necessity to recuse until the end of volume 1.
President Trump complained that some of the people investigating him had donated to Hillary. This is laughable, of course, because so had he. However, he claimed that this involvement should exclude them from investigating his campaign. Yet he wanted Sessions, who was part of the campaign to investigate it. Now we learn that Sessions would have been in charge of an investigation into Sessions had he not recused himself.
Now in closing, I want to point out something questionable I found. The ambiguity in regards to Sessions testimony was the wording of the question. Sessions claimed he thought that he was being asked if he met with Russians in his capacity with the campaign and that’s why he answered “no”.
Therefore, by his own admission, his answer was a lie even assuming he understood it as he claimed to. It seems to me that Jeff Sessions should have been charged with perjury.
Mueller Report Volume 1 wrap up.
Obviously, this barely scratches the surface of the information included in the report. However, I didn’t want to make this too long. Hopefully this will give more information to those who lack either the time or the inclination to read the entire report.
The Mueller Report Volume 1 establishes emphatically that the Trump Campaign did collude with Russia. However, it did not uncover evidence that they conspired. Hence, there were no charges. They establish 4 occasions where information was exchanged between foreigners and the campaign.
Manafort giving polling data to a Russia connected Ukrainian. This wasn’t charged because the investigation couldn’t determine what was done with the data.
The Trump tower meeting.
Kushner received info from Russians, however it wasn’t used by the campaign and the person he received it from lied about it’s origins.
Campaign signs were provided to a Russian group organizing a political rally. The campaign was unaware of their nationality.
In other words, they didn’t conspire because all of their attempts to do so failed. This is ultimately the conclusion of the report.