The Mueller Report was released, redacted, on Thursday, April 18.
I’ve read 381 of the 448 pages.
The report does reveal a sweep scope of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Campaign –
Key first impressions:
This was a sophisticated attack by the Russian state on the United States of America. The size and sweep beyond the imagination of US authorities.
Planning and infrastructure for the Russian attack on American democracy began in earnest in 2014 – when Russian spies were dispatched to the United States to gain access to banking, servers, and to “get the feel” of the country.
Yes, the Russians did decide to “support” the Trump Campaign in 2016 because they saw two advantages: defeating Hillary Clinton (a Putin goal) and sowing chaos into traditional American politics.
A counter-intelligence investigation began by the FBI in the summer of 2016 was initiated after contact from a friendly government re: overtures made to a Trump campaign aide by a suspected Russian agent.
Many of the contacts between the Trump Campaign and Russians violated US election law BUT the Mueller team felt they was not sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump campaign team members knew US election laws well enough to know they should contact the FBI when these contacts took place.
Except in the cases already known, convicted and/or pled to —
James Comey and his counter-intelligence team acted out of patriotism and without animus toward the Trump Campaign or the Trump Administration.
It’s not over yet. There are 14 outstanding criminal matters — redacted in report.
The “Steele Dossier” is not mentioned any where in the 448 pages!
The “I” word that must be applied to report’s investigation of Russian activities in 2016 (and we can assume continuing) is “INSTRUCTIVE”.
Congress has no more urgent task than to insure our political and private sector sectors are fortified to protect against another Russian attack in 2020. The effort must be bi-partisan, with or without the President’s help.
Putin’s campaign of disruption succeeded beyond his expectations increasing his global stature and importance.
- Golan Heights
- North Korea
- China (Belt and Road)
- To name just a few
And that fact jeopardizes American national security.