Don’t have time to read the whole 420-page Mueller Report (pdf)? That’s understandable.
You can download an audio recording of it for FREE and listen to the whole thing while you’re driving, doing housework or exercising. A free recording of it available here, on Audible.
If you don’t have time to read or listen to the whole thing, but still want to know why it’s such a big deal and why everyone is talking about it, here’s a quick summary:
Volume I of Mueller’s Report:
Volume I describes in great detail all the ways that the Russian government worked to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Trump win the 2016 presidential election. The Russians’ actions did not involve changing votes, just influencing the public.
Russians used three means to influence the American electorate:
1) HACKING: Russians hacked into the Democratic Party’s computers, stole approximately 50,000 emails and then made the emails public through Wikileaks at crucial moments in the election when it would help Trump the most, like within hours of the Access Hollywood tape being released (the Trump “I can grab them by the pussy” video).
2) SOCIAL MEDIA: Russian military intelligence hired a building full of people in Russia to carry out an extensive and highly organized social media campaign aimed at dividing Americans along racial and political lines and inflaming Americans’ emotions through the use of fake social media accounts on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and a website called “DCLeaks.” Russian-controlled social media accounts made over 80,000 online posts by August 2017, which reached at least 29 million and at most up to 126 million Americans.(Page 26) Trump campaign surrogates including Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump Jr., Michael T. Flynn and others helped these efforts, promoting dozens of inflammatory Russian tweets by retweeting them. Russians also posed as Americans and, through social media, organized rallies opposing Hillary Clinton and boosting Trump.
3) RUSSIAN CONTACTS WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN: Russians had repeated contacts with people in the Trump campaign offering business connections, assistance to the campaign, invitations for candidate Trump and Putin to meet in person, and inviting Trump campaign officials and representatives of the Russian government to meet.
Mueller was unable to uncover clear evidence showing Trump and members of his campaign intentionally coordinated with Russians on these efforts, but said he was unable to obtain all needed information and evidence because some people his team team spoke to for the investigation refused to talk and took the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination, and destroyed evidence and communicated using applications that are encrypted and designed not to preserve sensitive communications, like What’s App.
Volume II of Mueller’s Report: Obstruction
Volume II lays out in great detail all the ways Donald J. Trump worked to thwart the Justice Department’s Russia investigation: by firing officials, threatening and intimidating witnesses, lying to the press and investigators, ordering his lawyers and aides to lie to investigators and the public and ordering his aides to take illegal and unethical actions, which many of them recognized as wrong and refused to do.
Below is a chart that explains a dozen critical incidents of obstruction by Trump. Green check marks indicate the threshold was met for legal action.
Why didn’t Mueller recommend indictment if Trump’s acts were illegal?
Mueller explained that a Justice Department policy developed when Richard Nixon was president prevents a sitting president from being indicted for crimes while in office, and that was why he didn’t recommend indicting the president on any charges. Mueller explained, though, that there is nothing stopping the Justice Department from investigating a sitting president while the evidence is fresh and documents are available, so that charges can be brought against a president and any co-conspirators after he leaves office. Mueller also said that he and his team could not exonerate President Trump of wrongdoing.