Sharing the Mueller Report Bit by Bit
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators have produced a 448-page tome detailing in two volumes Russian efforts to subvert the 2016 presidential election and subsequent efforts by the winner of that election to suppress investigations into his campaign’s possible connections to those Russian efforts.
The document was released only in PDF form, with few images and no links to Internet resources. I am attempting to correct that. On April 27, wheatdogg.com began reprinting the Mueller report in sections, adding images, commentary and Internet links as much as possible. The reasons are explained below:
Without a doubt, the Russian government meddled in the US elections in 2016. Without a doubt, the Russian government had a clear preference for anyone but Hillary Clinton as president, and so orchestrated (and may still be orchestrating) multi-pronged attacks on our electoral process.
It is also fairly clear that the Trump campaign, including its operatives and associates, willingly accepted the assistance of the Russian efforts, rather than reporting to the FBI the Russians’ repeated attempts to provide information beneficial to the Trump campaign. Moreover, there were clear attempts by some members of the Trump organization to provide helpful information to the Russians. It’s all in the report, and it’s also worth noting that several of those Trump associates are now either in jail, have been in jail, or are facing trial.
Without going so far as to directly accuse Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, the report nevertheless details many attempts by the president to limit, stop or otherwise interfere with the Mueller probe. This second part of the report is as alarming as the first. It suggests that Trump, despite his repeated claims of innocence, would prefer some details of his 2016 campaign be forever hidden from view. One should ask, why?
My plan here is to share the Mueller report, a redacted copy of which is freely available for download, in small bite-size pieces, so that more people may read it directly. It is 448 pages long, including notes and appendices, and it is not exactly written as a political thriller. It’s dry and business-like, and it exhaustively documents how the Russians and the Trump campaign had many contacts during the campaign, and how President Trump has tried to prevent such details from being discovered and published. Seeing it online in smaller chunks may encourage people to read it, eventually, in its entirety.
I will add commentary occasionally in an effort to clarify matters.
The report leads with a table of contents, but I am omitting that to begin with the introduction to volume 1.
You can begin by reading that Introduction here. To date, I have republished up to page 50.
In my personal opinion, the Russian intrusion into our electoral system — the heart of US democracy — represents the greatest attack on the USA since 9/11. Trump’s continued obstruction of investigations into it and his cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin represent the second greatest attack on American democracy. It is imperative, therefore, that as many people read this document, as it lays out in exacting detail how the Russians and the Trump machine brought us to this crisis point.