Attorney General William Barr’s letter covering the principal conclusions of the Mueller Report is out. Read it here.
A few things to note:
- This is not the actual “Mueller Report.” This is only Barr’s letter about it. Some news sources are announcing this news like it is the actual report. It is not.
- According to Barr, Mueller finds that there was no Trump-Russia conspiracy. Please remember that we are dealing in the law right now, and the law is a very specific animal, especially in regards to crimes like the one being investigated. If it is true that Mueller found there was no evidence of conspiracy – and remember this is Barr saying this, and Barr is a guy Trump put in place to keep his fat out of the fire – it may be that Mueller just couldn’t prove conspiracy by legal standards.
- Mueller did find that there was proof of Russia attempting to diddle the 2016 election, and prosecuted a whole bunch of people over that.
- Mueller was also investigating whether Trump committed obstruction of justice, and to that point, Mueller did not present a conclusion. He instead presented his evidence and left it to the Attorney General, Barr, to come to a conclusion based on that evidence. Mueller specifically says, according to Barr, “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
It’s also important to note that this is not over yet.
We pinned a lot of hopes on the Mueller investigation, but that was never going to be a silver bullet.
No one is coming to save us. We have to save ourselves. Vote in 2020.
A Few Things to Read
- Splinter News has a quick primer on the Mueller investigation, handy for folks who haven’t been paying complete attention to it. Read it.
- FiveThirtyEight has a few initial thoughts on Barr’s letter. Read.
- Vox has some questions that Barr’s letter didn’t answer. Read them.
- Lawfare has thoughts on the letter, too. Check them out here.
- And finally, Ken White, AKA @Popehat, AKA the Internet’s lawyer friend, has a few thoughts to offer on the letter. Read them here in the Atlantic.
Image: Robert Mueller, 2012. (Source and licensing.)