Mueller Investigation Ends With Total Vindication of Trump, But Democrats Will Press On: Wikileaks Saves Trump?

Trump is completely exonerated in my view, but others will disagree. Expect Democrats to foolishly press on.

The Mueller report finds no evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian. This ought to be the end of it, but it probably won't.  

The Wall Street Journal reports Mueller Report Says ‘Fairness Concerns’ Prevented Obstruction Judgment on Trump. 

Moscow extensively interfered in the 2016 presidential election, but repeated communications with the Trump campaign that year didn’t amount to a criminal conspiracy, Robert Mueller said in a report that also avoided judgment on whether President Trump obstructed justice out of “fairness concerns.”

Thursday’s long-awaited release of Mr. Mueller’s report, which runs to 448 pages, capped a nearly two-year investigation into Russian election interference in 2016 and ties to Mr. Trump’s campaign associates. It found extensive evidence that a Russian company tied to the Kremlin conducted a disinformation campaign against American voters and that Russian military officials hacked computers of people affiliated with the Democratic Partyand Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump’s electoral rival that year.

while citing repeated contacts between Russia-linked entities and Trump campaign officials in the run-up to the election, it found no evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign coordinated with those Russian efforts, which have brought criminal charges against dozens of entities and individuals.

Mr. Mueller’s team also looked into allegations that Mr. Trump had obstructed justice, including by firing FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 after allegedly pressing him to go easy on his national security adviser Michael Flynn, then under investigation over his contacts with Russian officials. But Mr. Mueller decided not to provide judgment on obstruction by President Trump, the report said, in part because of legal guidance that a sitting president can’t be indicted. “Fairness concerns counseled against potentially reaching” a judgment that Mr. Trump committed crimes “when no charges can be brought,” Mr. Mueller wrote in the report.

Nonsense Will Continue

Since the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in January, House committees have launched a number of their own investigations—into Mr. Trump’s finances, businesses, relationships with foreign states, White House security clearances, and other avenues.

Russia Hack?

I do not accept that it was a Russia hack of the DNC. Timing considerations suggest it was an inside job. 

However, it could have been an inside job with the insider knowingly or unknowingly providing the information to Russian agents. 

Wikileaks Saves Trump?

Intercept authors  James Risen, Robert Mackey, Trevor Aaronson believe Russia’s Use of WikiLeaks Allowed Trump and his Advisors to Avoid Collusion.

The decision by Russian intelligence officials to use WikiLeaks as an intermediary in its cyber campaign against Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party may have inadvertently saved Donald Trump and his advisors from charges of conspiring with Moscow to win the election. The Mueller report makes clear that there was very little contact between the Trump campaign or people close to it and DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, the two online personas initially created by Russian intelligence to disseminate Democratic emails and other documents.  

But once WikiLeaks got involved, Trump and his advisors were eager to make contact with the group and its founder, Julian Assange. 

In effect, the GRU, Russian military intelligence, laundered its hack through WikiLeaks, which allowed people around Trump to contact WikiLeaks without facing accusations that they were working with the Russians. 

Beginning in March 2016, the GRU, hacked computers and email accounts associated with the Clinton campaign, including the email account of campaign chairman John Podesta. Beginning that April, the GRU hacked the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The GRU also targeted hundreds of email accounts used by Clinton campaign employees, advisors, and volunteers, and stole hundreds of thousands of documents. 

At first, the GRU created the two online personas, DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, to disseminate the documents. The Russian intelligence service’s Unit 26165 registered the domain dcleaks.com anonymously and paid for it with bitcoin. Starting in June 2016, the GRU posted stolen documents on dcleaks.com. The website remained in operation and public until March 2017. 

On June 14, 2016, the Democratic National Committee said that it had been hacked. The next day, GRU officers created Guccifer 2.0, apparently in response to the DNC’s announcement, and the persona published its first post, attributing the DNC document theft to a lone Romanian hacker. Guccifer 2.0 continued to release documents between June 15 and October 18, 2016. ....

Mueller’s findings about the Trump campaign’s interest in what WikiLeaks had on Hillary Clinton and its efforts to communicate with WikiLeaks are heavily redacted in the report released today. But even with the redactions, it is clear that Trump and many in his circle were eager to get whatever WikiLeaks had on Hillary Clinton.

So What?

The above Intercept view makes little sense. It implies Trump would have gone to Russia for information if it could not get the info from Wikileaks. This is highly speculative, at best.

So what if Trump wanted Wikileaks info? So did everyone else.  

And the Intercept article also accepts at face value that the DNC was hacked.

I don't. More importantly, the Intercept founder Glen Greenwald doesn't either.

Greenwald on the Mueller Report

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1118983114951397378

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1118879977552928771

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1118915032002306054

More Greenwald Tweets

More Greenwald Tweets

Witch Hunt

This was nothing but a witch hunt from the beginning.

Importantly, if there was anything at all in the report, I am positive Greenwald would have discovered it. 

Democrats will rely on the fact that it was heavily redacted. But look at the second Tweet above. On second thought here it is in isolation.

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1118852049892986881

Greenwald Not a Trump Fan

Please note that Greenwald is not a Trump fan. Rather, Greenwald is a socialist AOC supporter. 

Democrats Will Carry On

Nonetheless, expect Democrats to carry on. So will the nutcases at CNN. 

If so, this will not help the Democrats in the next election one iota. 

Trump has been totally vindicated, despite views to the contrary.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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wootendw
wootendw

"I do not accept that it was a Russia hack of the DNC. Timing considerations suggest it was an inside job. "

Exactly. The volume of data was much too large for a hacker.

Moreover, intelligence agencies, including Russia's, do NOT dump vast quanties of intelligence into the public domain. Inelligence leaks are limited and very selective.

shamrock
shamrock

If Trump is totally vindicated then Hillary must be completely totally 110% vindicated. He was investigated for 2 years and 7 or 8 people associated with him were indicted, but not Trump. Hillary was investigated for 4 years and not a single person was indicted. Truth is, neither Hillary nor Trump is vindicated, the authorities just decided their crimes couldn't be proven in court, but make no mistake, they are both criminals.

Mish
Mish

Editor

"If Trump is totally vindicated then Hillary must be completely totally 110% vindicated"

Let's investigate Hillary for 22 months and see what turns up

HubbaBuba
HubbaBuba

Ever the Trump favorable (you know, the most crooked Pres ever - > lie a day his MO) an answer in search of a question.

Stuki
Stuki

The important thing is, to keep the well indoctrinated drones dumb enough to fall for the nonsense that what is important in this world, is petty, childish court intrigue: Which prince talked to whom? Which privileged clown may have have whispered something to someone in the hallway? What does she and she feel? Oooh Aaaah I'm soooo exciiited!! He's sooooo eeeeviiiill!!! Gommiment must doooo something!!!!!

Noone interferes more in US elections than US politicians. Get rid of them first, then worry about the Russians and Martians.

Curious-Cat
Curious-Cat

Thank God our great national symbol remains untarnished!

Frankly, who cares? We would all rather point fingers at the other side claiming they are the reason for our troubles rather than work together to solve them.

Mike2112
Mike2112

"In effect, the GRU, Russian military intelligence, laundered its hack through WikiLeaks, which allowed people around Trump to contact WikiLeaks without facing accusations that they were working with the Russians. "

Question: why would the Trump campaign have to contact Wikileaks? Did Wiki need the Trump campaign's special expertise in how to put information on the internet?

What part of the plan required Trump to contact Wiki? If Trump was colluding with Russia then he should've known what was going to be released before Wiki released it. So why does Trump et al have to contact Wiki? Just sit back and wait for the bomb to go off.

Ebowalker
Ebowalker

The whole point was to set a perjury trap and investigate trumps business dealings. It also put pressure on him to not normalize relations with Russia.

Trump was more clever than Clinton; he wasnt arrogant enough to fall for the perjury trap. His business dealings are apparently ckeaner than I expected.

Ebowalker
Ebowalker

Also goes to show one should NEVER talk to prosecutors, fbi, cops, or gov officials without a lawyer present.

CzarChasm-Reigns
CzarChasm-Reigns

"COMPLETELY exonerated"?

Page 214: "Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does NOT exonerate him."

Before every WITCH HUNT, I says to myself:

Page 290: ""Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I' m fucked."

a1m
a1m

On live TV Trump told Russia to hack into Hillary's computers, and within 24 hours they were doing exactly that. Hidden in plain sight I guess. What more do you need. Meetings in Trump tower, etc.....

Irondoor
Irondoor

There is no such legal term as “collusion”, as the report makes very clear. So, they looked at “coordination”, which they could hang their hat on in US law. They concluded there was no coordination. That’s the entire conclusion of the first Volume I. The second Volume II was on “obstruction”. To conclude that there was obstruction by the President or his campaign, they would have to conclude that the President committed a crime. If they made that conclusion, what would they do? A President can’t be indicted while in office. So they presented their evidence regarding the obstruction issue in Volume II and left it to Congress to deal with it by possibly passing legislation about what a President can be charged with while in office. The Democrats can take this evidence and decide to proceed with impeachment or not. The Justice Department could also use it to charge Trump with crimes of obstruction after he leaves office.

Cajundoug
Cajundoug

Wish, it seems that you only read half of the report. To say that he is completely vindicated of obstruction is hyperbole. He's very fortunate that some of the people around him refused to carry out his orders.

themonosynaptic
themonosynaptic

It is important to Putin that this is seen as about Trump, not Russia's involvement, which was Mueller's remit. Mish is yet another "useful idiot" unless of course "The Maven" is funded by RT - something that my research, to date, hasn't determined because the funding is opaque.

Trump tried his hardest to obstruct justice, as Mueller points out, and the Trump campaign would have happily conspired if the Russian's had been dumb enough to let them.

This report changed nothing. Everybody reads into the Mueller report what they want. Mish wants bad things for Democrats because they f'd up his state, I assume. Most independents read the report as yet another indication that Trump is venal and not fitting of the office he holds.

Zardoz
Zardoz

A report you haven’t read exonerated trump.

You are just another shill, Mish, and I have been stupid to think otherwise.

I’ll miss reading your blog.

ksdude
ksdude

I see the libtards are out in full force today.

msurkan
msurkan

The report may clear Trump of criminal wrong doing but it does paint a pretty clear picture of an incompetent leader who lashes out and doesn’t engender loyalty and respect from his own staff.

2banana
2banana

Make no mistake.

This was an attempted coup by the corrupt democrats to overturn the constitutional and fully legal election of DJT.

It was their "insurance policy."

Based on a fraudulent FISA warrant that was based on the corrupt Steele Dossier. From a thoroughly obamized and corrupted FBI and DOJ.

If Mueller really was impartial and objective into looking at Russian meddling in American elections, beside looking into any collusion of Russia/Trump, he would have also looked at Russia/Hillary in the 2016 election.

Such as: Uranium One deal Massive Clinton Foundation "donations" for political favors Downloading and storage of Top Secret information on personal storage devices Obama's "I will have more flexibility (with Russia) after the election" comments The corrupt FISA warrant The corrupt Steele Dossier Etc.

Blacklisted
Blacklisted

First of all, the phishing used to get access to Pedesta's emails is hardly the work of state actors, which Assange also confirmed, as did the analysis of the volume of data involved. Secondly, why are Dems NOT in the least bit concerned with the ACTUAL content of the emails, which confirms their party is an unrepairably corrupt piece of sh*t that is just as bad as the Russian mafia. Lastly, and most important, is the Dems blind obedience and irrational hatred of Trump is horrifically fomenting war with Russia, which of course the establishment Republicans are more than happy to support. If more evidence is needed, look at a current bill originally entitled the “Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019,” is numbered S-1189 -

Just as with the gloBull warming great hoax, these self-interested nutjobs are going to kill off as many people as possible, and overshoot their sick efforts to control the population, which nature takes care of quite nicely (ever notice birthrates in the west are declining). Sadly, the libtards can't pull their heads out of their idealistic ass long enough to realize they are killing themselves. But hey, they can't do 5th grade math that would tell them govt pensions are a Ponzi scheme, and exponential growth in healthcare spending will blow up, so what can be expected.

I hate to wish anything bad on anyone, so let's just call it the school of really hard knocks when these fools get blindsided by the coming economic reset, caused by the Socialist hopium that is causing the govt bond bubble to pop.

mbass100
mbass100

Russia was out to help Trump, and regarded his victory as a win for them. Trump's campaign welcomed and accepted Russia's help. Trump’s campaign knowingly shared information with Russian agents in hopes of gaining political advantage. Trump covered up both the timing and extent of his business dealings in Russia. The campaign was involved directly in soliciting and distributing stolen goods. Both Trump and the campaign obstructed justice, lied to investigators, lied to Congress, destroyed evidence, and impeded the investigation in every way possible. The only reason that Donald Trump is not currently in jail is concerns about constitutional issues related to the executive—and nothing else.

Brother
Brother

The leaks that I witnessed were coming from the news media. Most everything covered in the report we saw first hand 24/7 "Obstruction question unresolved" haha It was reported when Don jr. failed to take the bait he discovered it was a setup they smelled a rat. Now the story has been changed from the original facts.

Quatloo
Quatloo

Total vindication? Yes, it is clear that the Russian collusion claim, the reason for the special counsel in the first place, was not supported by the evidence. But I can’t understand how anyone would find this report as a whole favorable to Trump. For example, the numerous documented instances where Trump asks his own people to lie or mislead the public about Trump’s actions—not just by a slight change of narrative, but by pressuring them to use their credibility to publicly state that Trump did the exact opposite of what he actually did. One wonders how many times this sort of thing was done successfully by Trump on matters far outside the subject of the investigation. Admittedly, Hillary would have been far worse, but Trump is certainly a long way from a decent human being.

Rbm
Rbm

Multiple meetings with Russians looking for dirt on Hillary. Seems the intent was there. Think the honest thing to do would have been to infrom the fbi and set up a sting. Asking aids to break the law. Seems like the intent was there. For someone who ran on the campaign of draining the swamp hes not leading by example. We should hold all politicians accountable for thier actions. Not just point fingers at the other parties corruption. Lets start with your preferred party.

HubbaBuba2
HubbaBuba2

A Witch Hunt is 14 investigations for a Whitewater land deal and Impeachment against Clinton for lying about a hand job.

Sechel
Sechel

Don't see total vindication at all. Mueller showed plenty of inappropriate contact between Trump and Russians. Mueller states a major difficulty here was a great deal of lying, destruction of evidence and refusals to cooperate. Mueller at the end didn't think the burden of provable guilt was met. What Probably saved Trump here was that axiom if you come for the King, you better not miss.

On obstruction Mueller lays out a case for Congress. Why he didn't do more was probably due to DOJ policy not to indict a sitting President. He essentially states as much.

What needs to sink in is that Mueller spent two years and couldn't clear Trump of criminal conduct. On the contrary Mueller presents clear cases of obstruction and abuse of power. There were 12 examples of criminal referrals which is unprecedented I think.

frozeninthenorth
frozeninthenorth

One thing that is not mentioned anywhere, but campaigns are routinely informed by the FBI that "foreign powers" will try to participate in domestic political campaigns. Nothing new there since the US itself has done this for years.

However, it is impossible for a political campaign not to know that foreign interference is a serious legal problem for those who participate in such action. In fact, the FBI tells political parties to contact them if they are contacted by foreign agents...

Now, as far as Trump the fact that Muller couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that illegal action had taken place doesn't absolve Trump and his party of the actions they did take...However, there is no way in hell that Trump will be impeached based on the Muller report.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

The story isnt finished yet. Still smells bad for trump come 2020.