Was Mr. Mueller medicated during his testimony on Wednesday? If not, he was definitely not at the top of his game writing the Mueller Report.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report is a copiously detailed chronicle of shady conduct from Donald Trump and his associates from the campaign through to the White House.VOX
Mueller clarifies that his investigation did not establish that there was a conspiracy between Trump’s associates and the Russian government to interfere with the election. And the special counsel doesn’t say one way or the other whether he thinks President Trump criminally obstructed justice while in office — though he makes clear he thinks the evidence of that is quite concerning.
“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state,” Mueller writes. “We cannot reach such a judgment.”
The report makes several things clear: that the Russian government tried to help Trump win, that the Trump campaign was eager to enjoy hackings targeting Democrats, that Trump’s campaign advisers had a host of ties to Russia, and that President Trump tried, again and again, to try to impede the Russia investigation.
For instance, Mueller writes that Trump “repeatedly” asked people associated with his campaign to “find” tens of thousands of emails Hillary Clinton had deleted, and that campaign adviser Michael Flynn embarked on an (unsuccessful) effort to do so. The special counsel also describes how Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, gave a Russian associate internal polling data and stressed a focus on Midwestern states. And the report’s volume on obstruction of justice lays out facts about Trump’s behavior on 11 different episodes, from FBI Director James Comey’s firing to his efforts to intimidate one-time Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.