What Does the Mueller Report Really Say?

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The New York Times and Washington Post have both reported that members of special prosecutor Robert Mueller's team say Attorney General William Barr has misrepresented the Mueller report to Congress, so what does the report actually say?

We won't know the full details until the report is released to the public, but it says members of Trump's campaign were manipulated by Russian intelligence according to NBC News.

According to a senior law enforcement official who has spoken to members of Mueller's team, Mueller team members say it includes detailed accounts of Trump campaign contacts with Russia. While Mueller found no coordination or criminal conspiracy, the official said, some team members say his findings paint a picture of a campaign whose members were manipulated by a sophisticated Russian intelligence operation. Some of that information may be classified, the official said, so it's not clear whether it will be released in a few weeks when Barr makes public a redacted version of the Mueller report.

Trump lawyers have pushed back against some of this reporting.

"They're a bunch of sneaky, unethical leakers," Rudy Giuliani said on Fox News about the Mueller team.

Giuliani's reaction tells me that NBC's reporting is at least partially accurate.

I do find it plausible that Mueller's team ultimately concluded that the Trump campaign was literally too stupid to develop a sophisticated scheme that was actually developed by Russian intelligence. But that does not tell us the motivations of Trump himself or those of his children who I personally believe are deeply compromised by foreign intelligence services and business interests.

I also believe we won't know the full extent of how compromised they are until Trump is out of office. A lot of bills are going to come due when they're no longer protected by the presidency.

  • Christopher Foxx

    A lot of bills are going to come due when they’re no longer protected by the presidency.

    Wouldn’t that be nice? The cynic in me doubts it.

    Republicans will oppose any actions against the Trumps. And the Democrats will be afraid to take any because they’ll worry that it will make the Republicans mad and they’d come after the next Democratic president.

    As if the Republicans aren’t going to do that no matter what anyway.

  • Draxiar

    Nosferatu didn’t actually deny it now did he? Also, the trumpers are willing to believe Barr’s half-assed summary of the report but NOT the people on the team that gathered the evidence for the report from which the summary was derived? Can’t have both.

  • muselet

    An incompetent narcissist surrounded himself with equally incompetent toadies and family members, so it’s no surprise that Russian intelligence could manipulate every last one of them.

    That’s the most generous interpretation, one that doesn’t involve компрома́т or some other variety of blackmail.


  • Username1016

    And not just “too stupid,” either — too corrupt to even care.

    • Badgerite

      Here’s the thing. You don’t do all that lying and all those attempts to stop anyone from investigating Russian tampering with our election unless you are well aware of the tampering, how it would affect the outcome and planned to take advantage of it. There are waaaay too many unanswered questions so far. The server in trump tower that only had contacts with one other server in the Russian Alfa Bank. And the public has a right to have those questions answered and not by a lackey put in his position to insure that none of those answers get out.
      The pervasive lying about the contacts with the Russians both during the campaign and after goes to the intent and certainly to the knowledge of what the Russians were doing. They were trying to hide both the amount of contacts and the nature of those contacts.
      Barr trying to bury this report and claim “nothing to see here” is exactly like trump telling us, even in the face of all the evidence that has leaked, that MBS had “nothing to do” with Jamal Khashoggi’s killing. It is ridiculous in the extreme. Not credible. Barr is doing exactly what Jared Kushner advised MBS to do in the face of public outrage at the murder of Khashoggi. He is blowing a lot of smoke and hoping the whole thing will “blow over”.
      No. It won’t. The public has a right to know the full story and the public clearly wants to see the report itself.
      The Mueller Report, by the accounts of insiders, contained several summaries that were prepared for release to the public by those who conducted the investigations. Clearly the intent was for the public and certainly Congress to see those summaries, unredacted and in their entirety. . Barr clearly has tried to bury those summaries under a pile of his own BS. Not acceptable.
      Oh. And look at the picture at the top of the page. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. And that one speaks volumes.

  • simpfan

    “Too stupid to know they were being manipulated by Russians” may not be illegal, exactly, but it sure as hell is impeachable.

    • waspuppet

      I’ve been seeing this a lot, and I don’t get it. Can I rob a liquor store and then say I didn’t now it was illegal? Because that’s the “defense” here.