The Critical Part of Mueller's Report That Barr Didn't Mention theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
On Sunday afternoon, Attorney General Bill Barr presented his own memo of Mueller’s conclusions that contained a few partial sentences from Mueller's final report, one of which directly addressed the question of collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia:
In a footnote, Barr explained that Mueller had defined “coordination” as an “agreement—tacit or express—between the Trump campaign and the Russian government on election interference.”
NatSec & Intel experts say Mueller’s decision not to charge Trump or his campaign with a conspiracy is far from dispositive, & the underlying evidence SCO amassed over 2y could prove as useful as a conspiracy charge to understanding the full scope of 🇷🇺 election interference
“As described by Barr, at least, Mueller’s report was very focused on criminal law standards and processes,” said David Kris, a founder of Culper Partners, who served as the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s National Security Division
“We won’t know for sure if that is the case, and if it is the case why Mueller confined himself in that way, until we see the full report.”
“there is no question that a counterintelligence investigation would have a wider aperture than a strict criminal inquiry as applied here, and would be concerned, for example, with the motivations and any sub-criminal misconduct of the principal actors.”
A counterintelligence probe, he added, would ask more than whether the evidence collected is sufficient to obtain a criminal conviction—it could provide necessary information to the public about why the president is making certain policy decisions.
“The American people rightly should expect more from their public servants than merely avoiding criminal liability,” Kris said.
May 2017, just after Trump fired Comey, the FBI launched a full CI investigation into DT to determine whether he was acting as a Russian agent.

No one knows what became of that counterintelligence probe after Mueller was appointed.
Jeremy Bash, fmr chief of staff at DoD & CIA, said he believes Mueller’s “core focus” was to determine if federal criminal laws were violated.
“If Mueller interpreted his mandate as a criminal one, the decision to pursue the investigation as such is something he will have to explain to Congress,” Bash said.
Barr’s summary does not describe how Mueller investigated or came to explain the many interactions the campaign had with various Russians during the election.
Even so, Bash said, it’s an “immense challenge” to envision how a counterintelligence investigation targeting the president himself would have played out. “Normally, the bureau would investigate & if criminal matters were involved they’d ask prosecutors to get involved,” he said.
“But if it is just a matter of there being a national security threat

the FBI would report to the Director of National Intelligence..

who would then report to the president.

But what if the president is the threat?

We don’t have a playbook for this.”
The wide aperture afforded by a counterintelligence investigation may be key to understanding some of the biggest lingering mysteries of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians in 2016—
...mysteries that, if solved, could explain trump’s continued deference toward Putin and skepticism about his conduct on the part of the U.S. intelligence community.
Was the fact that Trump pursued a multi-million dollar real-estate deal in Moscow during the election—and failed to disclose the deal to the public—enough for the Russians to compromise him?
Why did the administration attempt to lift the sanctions on Russia early on in Trump’s tenure, even after it had been revealed that Russia had attacked the 2016 election?
What about polling data Manafort gave to the suspected Russian agent Konstantin Kilimnik in August 2016—an episode that, according to one of the top prosecutors on Mueller’s team, went “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating”?
According to #BarrReport #BarrCoverUp
Mueller apparently determined that none of that evidence was enough to establish that a criminal conspiracy occurred, which is fairly unsurprising if you know Bob Mueller, said John McLaughlin, the former acting director of the CIA
Trump’s consistent praise of Putin, his pursuit of a massive real-estate deal in Moscow while Russia was waging a hacking & disinformation campaign against the US in 2016 & the secrecy that continues to surround his conversations Poot have given some in the NatSec community pause
Trump went as far as confiscating his interpreter’s notes after his first private meeting with Putin in Hamburg, Germany, in 2017 to hide what he discussed with Putin.
Trump then demanded that the interpreter refrain from discussing the meeting with members of his own administration.

In Helsinki, Finland, one year later, Trump insisted on meeting with Putin with no American advisers or aides present.

(That’s NOT NORMAL, and is DANGEROUS)
Frank Figliuzzi, the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, said he “never envisioned” that Mueller would bring a conspiracy charge—and that focusing on the absence of criminal indictments for conspiracy is unproductive.
“If all we do is provide criminal standards to investigative findings, we are missing the point,” @FrankFigliuzzi1 said
.@FrankFigliuzzi1 noted that the vast majority of CI cases never result in criminal prosecution—instead, “they’re about determining the degree to which a foreign power has targeted, compromised, or recruited” the subject.
This thing started as a counterintelligence investigation,” @FrankFigliuzzi1 said, “and it needs to end as a counterintelligence investigation.”
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