Two BuzzFeed News investigative reporters just broke the story of newly-released unredacted pages of the Mueller Report. These few pages involved dramatic information about the unredacted materials related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s III decision not to indict further.
Why did Mueller not indict more people? The answer:
‘In addition, federal prosecutors could not establish that the hacked emails amounted to campaign contributions benefitting Trump’s election chances and furthermore felt their publication might have been protected by the First Amendment, making a successful prosecution tenuous.’
CEO of Digital Content Jason Kint tweeted about unsealed “mind-blowing” passages:
‘Mind-blowing that passages like this are being unsealed from the Mueller Report on the eve of the 2020 election.’
WikiLeaks leaked the stolen DNC emails in July and October 2016 The Mueller Report Adventures: In Bite-Sizes indicated on the Facebook page provides background. Then, it appeared Stone did not know enough about the leak before the emails went public. According to Buzzfeed:
‘Investigators ‘did not have sufficient evidence’ to prove active participation in the hacks or knowledge that the electronic thefts were continuing.’
It appears that Mueller’s report proved there was no way the hack helped Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Any possible campaign finance violations did not prove to be a fruitful avenue to follow either. There simply was not enough information:
‘BREAKING: @BuzzFeedNews and I and @EPICprivacy just got MAJOR sections of the Mueller report unredacted related to Wikileaks and Roger Stone and the Trump campaign’s interest in hacked DNC emails and charging decisions related to Julian Assange’
Trump knew in advance of the release what was up. Certainly, the released emails drew the attention away from the infamous footage of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women shortly before the 2016 election.
Mueller did indict 12 Russian officers from the Kremlin’s Intelligence Directorate or GRU, formerly the KGB. They were charged with theft and the distribution of the emails.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) just released a new version of the 448-page long Mueller Report on Monday. Most of the report regarded the hacked emails and their publication.
A federal judge ruled:
‘In September, a federal judge ruled that while some parts could still remain hidden, the government had violated the law by withholding portions dealing with internal discussions among prosecutors. The judge ordered the Justice Department to release relevant sections by Nov. 2.’
The newly unredacted sections, appear on “pages 9, 51, 65, 174, 176-179, 188-189, and 190-191.” They are primarily about the “decision to charge people regarding the hacks and WikiLeaks’ publication of the stolen emails:”
‘The fact that prosecutors elected not to file any charges in that matter is an apparent vindication for both Assange and Stone. But Mueller, writing in early 2019, did not completely absolve either man, noting in a newly unredacted footnote that there were “factual uncertainties” that were “the subject of ongoing investigations” by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.’
Attorney General Bill Barr withheld large parts of the probe in March 2019. He also intervened in cases related to the investigation, including against Roger Stone’s multiple felonies. Those include witness-tampering and lying to Congress. Trump commuted his 40-month sentence.
Assange was hiding out in Ecuador’s Embassy. He was indicted for:
‘[H]acking and violations of the Espionage Act. ‘“While the investigation developed evidence that the GRU’s hacking efforts in fact were continuing at least at the time of the July 2016 WikiLeaks dissemination,” a newly unredacted section of the report reads, prosecutors “did not develop sufficient admissible evidence that WikiLeaks knew of — or even was willfully blind to — that fact.”
The Mueller Report Adventures: In Bite-Sizes on this Facebook page. These quick, two-minute reads interpret the report in normal English for busy people. Mueller Bite-Sizes uncovers what is essentially a compelling spy mystery. Interestingly enough, Mueller Bite-Sizes can be read in any order.