Several days ago I mentioned that you can get a free audio version of The Mueller Report from Amazon. Been listening to this and I’ve found it seems to give a lot more informative than reading it and sometimes scanning over things. So I thought I’d mention some stuff here in this thread that I’ve found interesting. I’ll post a free PDF link from the Justice Department at the end for those that want a free downloadable copy. Additionally, for those with Kindles, there’s a Kindle version for 99 cents.
I’ll preface this with this item from page 2.
The report describes actions and events that the Special Counsel’s Office found to be
supported by the evidence collected in our investigation. In some instances, the report points out
the absence of evidence or conflicts in the evidence about a particular fact or event. In other
instances, when substantial, credible evidence enabled the Office to reach a conclusion with
confidence, the report states that the investigation established that certain actions or events
occurred. A statement that the investigation did not establish particular facts does not mean there
was no evidence of those facts.
That last sentence is a blinder to Trump supporters. It says that there may have been evidence for certain facts, but that in some cases it didn’t establish those facts. In other words, there was a partial case. Not totally innocence.
Page 33 details interactions between the Trump campaign and the IRA (Internet Research Agency), which was a Russian-based operative.
The investigation identified two different forms of connections between the IRA and
. members of the Trump Campaign. (The investigation identified no similar connections between
the IRA and the Clinton Campaign.) First, on multiple occasions, members and surrogates of the
Trump Campaign promoted-typically by linking, retweeting, or similar methods of repostingpro-Trump or anti-Clinton content published by the IRA through IRA-controlled social media
accounts. Additionally, in a few instances, IRA employees represented themselves as U.S. persons
to communicate with members of the Trump Campaign in an effort to seek assistance and
coordination on IRA-organized political rallies inside the United States.
a. Trump Campaign Promotion of IRA Political Materials
Among the U.S. “leaders of public opinion” targeted by the IRA were various members
and surrogates of the Trump Campaign. In total, Trump Campaign affiliates promoted dozens of
tweets, posts, and other political content created by the IRA.
Posts from the IRA-controlled Twitter account @TEN_GOP were cited or retweeted by
multiple Trump Campaign officials and surrogates, including Donald J. Trump Jr.,96 Eric Trump,97 Kellyanne Conway,98 Brad Parscale,99 and Michael T. Flynn. 100 These posts included
allegations of voter fraud, 101 as well as allegations that Secretary Clinton had mishandled
The Report establishes that the Trump campaign – knowingly or not - was used by the IRA to spread disinformation.
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