The final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation continues to reverberate. At the Time 100 Summit this week, longtime Democratic political figure Hillary Clinton addressed some of its implications, demanding that the full, unredacted version be made available to relevant interests and outlining some of the contentious road that lies ahead. Although the investigation concluded that President Donald Trump’s team committed no criminally prosecutable conspiracy with Russian agents in their efforts to tilt the 2016 elections — those efforts still unfolded.
‘That is the main story, and it needs to be told and retold over and over again, because we were the subject of a foreign adversary’s attack — an attack on our election, an attack on our sovereignty, an attack on our democracy… This is not just about a reckoning with the recent past. This is about what’s going on today and the threats to our next election, to our defense as a nation.’
This is not just about a reckoning with the recent past. This is about what is going on today and threats to our next election, to our defense as a nation. https://t.co/9zHq7oc7OQ
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 24, 2019
Trump could be helping to lead the United States through the threat posed by foreign attempts to meddle in elections, but he’s not — to say the least. He has consistently dismissed the whole Russia scandal as much ado about nothing — or in his words, a “witch hunt.” Not exactly laying the groundwork for any reassurance about the near future, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley basically played dumb when recently asked if the Trump team would accept Russian help for the 2020 elections, claiming to not understand the relevance of the question.
Down in reality, Americans continue to grapple with the realities the Mueller team has presented. Besides their scrutiny of the Trump team, they also brought charges against dozens of Russian nationals and even three Russian companies for meddling efforts including thefts of emails from key Democrats and online misinformation campaigns. The Trump team has claimed these actions were irrelevant, but to suggest their supporters formed their opinions in a vacuum unaffected by barrages of lies is outlandish at best.
The lies are still out there, thanks in no small part to Trump himself, who’s shared thousands and thousands since taking office. As a counter, Clinton insists that the full, unredacted Mueller report must be made available. Key Democrats across the spectrum have already made similar demands — House Judiciary Committee Chairman House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) has even issued a subpoena for the document.
In the meantime, Clinton says that the redacted version of the Mueller report that is available is “something that every American who cares about holding our adversaries accountable… should take the time to go through.” Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) did so and concluded that Trump should be impeached.
Although there’s no criminally prosecutable conspiracy, Mueller did lay out a case of obstruction of justice against the president, outlining ten episodes they examined, most of which they concluded were meant to illegally block the Russia probe from proceeding. The team declined to bring charges in light of standing Justice Department guidance against indicting a sitting president. They kicked the issue to Congress, where a number of key figures besides Warren have already raised the prospect of that obstruction as an impeachable offense.
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