The Mueller Report
What you should know, why you should care
April 23, 2019
For the last two years since President Donald Trump’s win of the 2016 election, his administration has been under fire and under investigation. And since the beginning of the investigation, the looming “Mueller Report”–which was supposed to give the public information on the Trump Administration’s rise to power– was awaited with suspense.
The FBI’s investigation into possible collusion by Russia in the election results lasted over two years and started after Trump fired the original FBI head investigator, James Comey.
Over this period of time, Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals for interference in the election, 12 Russian military intelligence officers for leaking Hillary Clinton’s emails shortly before the election, Trump’s campaign chairman (Paul Manafort), and a whole multitude of others.
Manafort, who was found guilty on eight counts, was given seven years in prison so far, and had an 800-page detailed sentencing memo written by Mueller where he was called a “hardened criminal” who has consistently broken the law was part of the report as well.
Roger Stone, an infamous campaign “advisor”, if you will, was indicted with seven counts, including obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and lying to the FBI about his involvement with Russian interference in the 2016 US election and their involvement with WikiLeaks.
The full report was released on Apr. 18, and has been highly analyzed, and yet, no one can decide whether or not there was collusion in the 2016 election.
Barr sent a summary to Congress on Mar. 24 stating, “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Barr also wrote that while Mueller’s report “does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” on the issue of obstruction of justice. However, many in the US still believe that the report shows that Trump is guilty of several crimes.
So, there are a few issues that rise with this whole, very complicated, situation.
Several people around President Trump have been indicted for similar crimes, and some of them have been found guilty. No matter what, this is important because these are people who are considered to have committed crimes against the United States’ democracy.
The anticipated release of the Mueller Report will likely lead to a few actions. Congressmen are looking for issues that may lead to impeachment of the President. or others in his administration. One has asked for six years worth of his tax returns. Others want to see the entire Mueller Report to prove obstruction of justice. Regardless of how it takes place, whenever the report is released, something is going to change.
This issue could bring about more polarization in the American political environment, so it’s important for everyone to educate themselves on upcoming issues and current events.