The Mueller Report – my synopsis

I have read the Mueller Report. Several things are clear from this official document of an important investigation.

– the Russians had an orchestrated influence on the US presidential election actively using social media and hacking and releasing information obtained from Democrat campaign files;

– the highly researched effort officially documents the US president has a very hard time with the truth and the legality of certain actions and his aides know that;

– the US president repeatedly attempted to obstruct justice (see example below);

– while not crystal clear from a legal standpoint that he coordinated with Russia, the US president had a relationship with Russia he (and Michael Cohen) lied about and there were changing stories, deleted texts/ emails/ messages, and an incredible naiveté not recognizing that interfacing with Russians during the campaign was improper; and

– the US president was and is obsessed with the investigation, but with the results thus far and still pending, this is definitely not a hoax or a witch hunt.

One of the paragraphs I found telling relates to the president continually trying to get White House Counsel Don McGahn to change his story that the president ordered him to fire Mueller. McGahn would not fire Mueller or change his story as reported in The New York Times. The quote is as follows:

“Substantial evidence indicates that in repeatedly urging McGahn to dispute that he was ordered to have the Special Counsel terminated, the President acted for the purpose of influencing McGahn’s account in order to deflect or prevent further scrutiny of the President’s conduct towards the investigation.”

While there are other examples, this summary of intent is clear indication the US president tried to obstruct justice.

While the Mueller report noted there was no clear evidence the US president coordinated with Russia, Mueller notes with the missing information including an interview of the president, they may have come to a different conclusion. To me, overt coordination was not necessary as there were so many links between Russian influencers and campaign officials and with their active social media/ hacking, the Russians accomplished their goal with unwitting participants.

So, I concur with the Republicans for the Rule of Law, now former Republican Congressman Justin Amash and more than 1,000 plus former federal prosecutors that there are grounds for impeachment. But, I think the Republican Party should be in lock-step with the Democrats. To me, the Republican leaders must recognize publicly what many discuss in private per several highly researched books.

 

3 thoughts on “The Mueller Report – my synopsis

  1. Note to Readers: A troubling news report from earlier this week is a non insignificant number of members of Congress have not read the Mueller Report. This disturbs me given its importance to our country. This was a reason the group Republicans for the Rule of Law sent highlighted copies to all members of Congress. So, when you see the president’s syocphants attack Mueller’s character or approach when he appears before Congress, think to yourself, does that person’s questions indicate he or she read the report?

  2. Thanks, Keith. I’m remiss in having not yet read the report. The sad fact is that a lot of Americans, including some members of Congress, believe (their reasoning escapes me) that Mueller is a monster, set on blocking Trump’s efforts to MAGA. Given that they feel this way about Mueller, it is no surprise that they would not bother to read the report. They simply find it invalid and part of the great conspiracy against their real, real, fine and effective president.

    • Linda, so true. Robert Mueller is a veteran and respected civil servant. His integrity is widely known. The worst thing I have read about him is he can be gruff.

      The obvious point that needs to be made is why is the only constant in seemingly every equation name-calling everyone else like Mueller? If his followers worked for said constant, they would seek employment elsewhere. When I think of said constant, the words integrity, honor and accountability do not come to mind. Keith

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