To the editor:
Now that Robert Mueller has testified to Congress, there is one thing every American should do: Read his report.
Because many still do not understand it.
While many may think that Mueller “cleared” President Trump and his associates of wrongdoing related to the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 election, nothing could be further from the truth.
As Mueller explained in his report, Paul Manafort — Trump’s campaign chair — provided internal strategy and polling data on swing states to a Russian intelligence agent during the campaign, while knowing that this information would be shared with one of Vladimir Putin’s top oligarchs.
While Mueller was not able to determine what the oligarch did with it — at least partly because Manafort lied to investigators — after reading Mueller’s report, there is only one plausible explanation: It was used to further Russia’s election interference.
As Mueller stated in his report, Russia’s troll farm used social media campaigns to organize pro-Trump rallies in Pennsylvania, and Russian military hackers specifically planned their releases of stolen DNC documents to influence voters in Pennsylvania.
Importantly, Mueller’s report makes clear that he did not find that there was “no evidence” that Trump and his associates conspired with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
Instead, it states that the evidence he obtained was insufficient to meet the high standards for criminal prosecution. Of course, as Mueller confirmed in his testimony, we should not expect Trump and his associates merely to avoid committing crimes — we should expect them to act ethically and with loyalty to our country.
Unfortunately, his report makes clear that President Trump and his associates did the opposite.