The Mueller report

Kyle Jennings, Staff Writer

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Nearly two years ago, on May 17, 2017, Robert Mueller III was announced as leader of a special council that launched an investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to help influence the 2016 election. The Mueller investigation was covered by all media websites and television stations. The special counsel was searching for an answer to two questions:

     1. Did Russia collude with the Trump campaign to influence the election?

     2.Did the Russians interfere with the 2016 presidential election?

As a result of the investigation, two of Trump’s campaign members were indicted on 12 crimes. Manafort and Gates were indicted with conspiracy against the U.S. and money laundering. This was seen as the first strike against the Trump campaign and tuned more heads to the case. Trump’s national security advisor, Michael Flynn, came forward about lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation about his connections to Russia; he later pleaded guilty. More of Trump’s associates would be arrested and charged through the investigation, but the first to be sentenced was Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail and $20,000 in fines for lying about the investigation to the FBI. Manafort, Papadopoulos, and Cohen would also be charged with crimes connected to the investigation. On March 22, Mueller announced that the investigation was over and that President Trump had no collusion with the Russian government in the 2016 election, but it did not exonerate him from any crimes. This has sparked debates from both sides about the true conclusion of the report.

Twelve agents connected to Russia were also indicted for trying to influence the 2016  election. The Mueller investigation found that they used social media to spread lies against the Clinton campaign and staged a protest against the Democrat’s campaign. It was found that Russian hackers hacked into accounts high ranking Democrats and leaked emails that were not meant for the public.

While the report found no evidence that President Trump colluded with Russia, some of the findings lack clarity, which means the report could still have consequences for President Trump. As of April 3, a subpoena has been issued to release the full report, which has been rumored to be over three hundred or four hundred pages long. When the report is released, Congress will review it and decide if the findings are worthy of the pursuit of impeachment.

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