The Mueller Report: Trump was Bordering on the Line of Being Criminal

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The Mueller Report: Trump was Bordering on the Line of Being Criminal

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

John Sutter, Writer

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Trump’s claim of total exoneration is incredibly arrogant. Barr’s saying there was no collusion and Mueller not coming to a conclusion is complete spin. That said, it does not appear there is an impeachable offense in the report, though with fourteen other investigations and Mueller’s own conclusion that an FBI investigation would turn up some crimes, which may mean there is an impeachable offense out there. Now, what is actually in the report?

Why the Redactions?

The redactions are edited out parts that protect sources and methods, Grand jury information, and things that could hamper further investigations. There are fourteen other investigations—twelve have been blacked out. Democrats have stated the public interest is great enough to unredact grand jury information.  

No “Collusion,” but They Clearly Wanted to Work With Each Other

Mueller found one hundred contacts between Trump and Russia. He found that the Trump campaign was trying to get information from both the Russians and WikiLeaks. That said, there was not enough evidence to prove that Trump conspired with the Russians. This means that Barr is perfectly right to say that Mueller didn’t find enough evidence to prove “collusion,” but it is wrong to say there was not any evidence of “collusion.” Further, it should be noted that the charge that Mueller would have charged the President with would be conspiracy, not collusion. In fact, in Mueller’s report, the word “collusion” was in quotations.

Trump’s Officials Ignore Him

One fact that emerges is that part of the reason Mueller found Trump did not obstruct justice is that Trump’s officials did not carry out his orders. These officials include White House Counsel’s Don McGahn, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Reince Priebus, and many more. The individual cases are outlined in this NPR story. This fact undermines Trump’s credibility as a leader in a couple notable ways. First, it shows a lack of loyalty among even his closest allies. Second, it will make people wonder if Trump is actually the one making decisions when a national emergency comes. It should be noted that, according to Trump, his officials obey him.  

Reactions To the Report

The reactions have been partisan. Largely, the Democrats have just said this is a reason to investigate further. They have called for Mueller to testify before Congress. With the exception of Elizabeth Warren, no Democrat has called for impeachment. On the Republican side, it has largely been the half-truth Trump and Barr put out about no collusion and no obstruction. That is, except for Mitt Romney, who said he is “sickened” by what is in it.

Read The Report Yourself

What I have given you here is a good highlight. However, it is a 448-page document. There is always more to learn. If you want to read the redacted version, click here.

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John Sutter, Writer

I was born on July 9, 2000, but the most important event of my life was before that event. It was a stroke. My family moved to Lexington, Indiana, when...

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The Mueller Report: Trump was Bordering on the Line of Being Criminal