Robert Mueller’s Report Is Finished (Trump Is Neither Exonerated Nor Guilty Of Any Federal Crime). It Is Now With AG William Barr. What’s Next
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Special counsel Robert Mueller has finished his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller’s confidential report has been delivered to Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department announced Friday. Barr is now reviewing the findings, and has told lawmakers he could provide them with “the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.” A Justice Department official described the report as “comprehensive.” in the video “Robert Mueller delivers Russia report to Justice department“, below:
Even though Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Trump is not worth impeachment, many Democrats still hope that the Mueller report will provide supporting evidences to impeach Trump.
Even though Robert Mueller’s job is done, President Trump may still have to face legal perils from many sides. New York federal prosecutors are investigating the Trump Organization and his 2016 campaign for possible campaign finance violations. New York state attorney general is also checking on Trump’s charity.
The Attorney General William Barr is now the sole keeper of the Mueller report. Many are concerned about whether this report will be made public. Moveon.org has already begun a petition, “Robert Mueller’s Report Must Be Made Public“, having already received 643 signatures, with the goal of 750 signatures. The petition is going to be delivered to Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate.
CNN’s Laura Jarrett reports on what happens next now that Robert Mueller has delivered a final report on his investigation into Russia interference into the 2016 election to Attorney General William Barr, in the video “What’s next for Robert Mueller’s Russia report“, below:
MSNBC’s Ari Melber analyzes the two issues explored by the Special Counsel. Melber focuses on what AG Barr has quoted from the report, and explains that on the matter of obstruction, historically, that decision is left up to the House and not the the president’s Department of Justice, in the video “Melber: Matters Of Obstruction Are Usually Adjudicated By House, MSNBC“, below:
- Russian election interference: 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies were indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly interfering with the 2016 presidential election with the goal of getting Trump elected. Internet Research Agency, a Russian organization, was accused of waging “information warfare” against the U.S. by using fake American online personas and social media platforms to sway voters’ opinions. 12 Russian intelligence officers were also indicted for computer hacking conspiracies (hacking Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee emails and staging their release by sharing them with WikiLeaks), aiming to influence the 2016 presidential election outcome.
- Charges against Trump associates: Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn (guilty of making false statements to FBI agents and Vice President Mike Pence about his communications and discussion about sanctions with former Russian Ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak); Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort (charged and pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and convicted on 8 criminal counts of bank fraud, tax fraud, and failing to file a foreign account report);Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates (pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to FBI agents.); Trump’s former foreign policy adviser Geoerge Papadopoulos (pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his interactions with a Russia-tied foreign professor who claimed the Kremlin has “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.); Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen (pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress about efforts to build Trump Tower in Moscow and to 8 counts of tax evasion, bank fraud, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations, in the Southern District Court of New York); and Trump’s long time associate and former campaign adviser Roger Stone (charged with lying to Congress and witness tampering but has pleaded not guilty to the charges.)
- Others charged: Richard Pinedo (sold bank account numbers to 13 Russians indicted for election interference and was charged with identity fraud and is serving 6 month prison sentence now);Konstantin Kilimnik (indicted for conspiracy to obstruct justice for attempting to tamper with a witness on Manafort’s behalf”‘Alex van der Zwaan (Dutch lawyer charged with making false statements to FBI agents about this dealings with Manafort and Gates on behalf of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice in 2012. He served 30 days in prison and was deported in 2018).
How much of the Mueller Report will be released to the public remains to be seen. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, and Chairman of House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler will make great effort to ensure transparency of the Mueller report. Any further investigation regarding Trump’s finance and campaign finance will be determined by Southern District of New York at a later day.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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