“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not.” ~Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller made his first public statement today regarding the conclusion of his report into Russia’s election tampering, with the cooperation of members of Trump’s campaign, and Trump’s attempts to obstruct the investigation.
Mr. Mueller’s speech was disappointing in that he said his report speaks for itself, and any congressional testimony he would give would be redundant. He will not go beyond repeating what is in the report, because:
”We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself.” ~Special Counsel Robert Mueller
There is an inherent problem with Mr. Mueller’s disinclination to testify. People need to hear the facts— because Americans don’t read.
Predictably, Trump twisted Mueller’s words into vindication.
I read the report. I started reading it as soon as it was published; it is a compelling read. I sent a link to several people so they could read it. I’ve tweeted links to it more than once, I’ve posted links on my blog, and there is a link at the end of this post.
Despite my efforts, and the efforts of others who are following these events closely, the more people I speak to, the more convinced I am that no one has read the report.
Many GOP members of Congress admit they have not read not the report. I believe their refusal to read the report is because by not reading it they retain plausible deniability, the ability to deny knowledge of or take responsibility for any unlawful actions committed.
Even Attorney General Bill Barr wrote his four-page gaslighting propaganda version of the Mueller report without having read the Mueller report. Barr’s version was short enough to hold everyone’s attention, so more people have read the lie than the truth.
As for the general public, I think Americans are waiting for the movie. Few people seem to comprehend this corruption goes beyond typical political misconduct we’ve seen so many times before. Our democracy is in jeopardy.
The free world is currently more engaged in US politics than most Americans. Foreign newspapers are a better source of information about our government than our own; there is no gaslighting on Trump’s behalf.
It is easy to blame the American media, with their tendency to give equal coverage to Trump’s 10,000 lies, as to the truth, or to report Trump’s constant Twitter meltdowns, name-calling, and bullying timed to distract from real news. Reporters seem to be afraid of being ridiculed, afraid to lose White House press access. Instilling fear in the press is prevalent in authoritarian regimes. While we could blame the media, ultimately the blame is on us. Ignorance is a choice.
The Mueller report should be mandatory reading, not other people’s opinions of the report, the report.
As Mueller said, he chose his words carefully. Read the report, every word.
Once everyone has read it, we will all agree, (except for Trump’s cult), that Trump committed obstruction of justice on at least ten occasions. This is described in detail in part two of the report. He must be impeached so he can be indicted before he kills us all.
Here is something to consider— over 1000 federal prosecutors of both parties came to the following conclusion after reading the report:
Trump committed obstruction.
Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.
We know 34 people have been indicted. What we don’t know is what is hidden in the redactions, or who. Senators McConnell and Graham have been linked to hundreds of thousands of dollars gifted from Russia, which may explain their willingness to fight to the death to help keep Trump in office.
Read the report, every word.
“No, collusion no obstruction” is simply another lie.