All those links—but no “coordination.” How can that be?
Part I begins here:
Mueller’s task was to determine whether there were “links and/or coordination” between the Trump Campaign and Russia.
But it turns out that finding “coordination” — or, to use the legal term, “conspiracy”— proved more difficult.
It’s IRAC time again. What’s that? See👇
The elements of general conspiracy are:
(1) an agreement between 2 or more persons
(2) to commit a crime, and
(3) an act in furtherance of the crime
(basically the same)
According to special counsel, this “requires more than the two parties taking actions that were informed by or responsive to the other's actions or interests.”
[The Report makes clear that the phrase “the investigation established” means they found enough admissible evidence to establish the fact beyond a reasonable doubt.]
Finally the investigation established that the Trump Campaign expected it would "benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts."
The key to Mueller’s analysis is in the word “agreement,” from the first element.
“agreement” is well understood in the law.
Trump always wanted a Russia-USA alliance because he loves Russia and thinks he’ll get rich.
Putin wanted Trump to win because he understands that Trump wants a Russia-USA alliance.
If I’m going to do X, regardless of what you do.
And if you’re going to do Y, regardless of what I do (and if we know about each other's actions) there isn’t an agreement or conspiracy to do X-Y together.
The president of the United States stood by and allowed a foreign government to attack our country.
But the evidence didn't establish that his behavior fit the elements of "conspiracy."
Well guess what?
What he did was worse.
Maybe he knew that nobody could stick the elements of "conspiracy" to him.
I’ve posted this before because it seems to me Snyder nailed the “conspiracy” issue. (He’s also a world-class expert in Russian history & politics)
but the investigation didn't identify evidence that any of them knew they were dealing with Russians.
You can’t be convicted of conspiring if you don’t know you are conspiring.
To use Snyder's term, tools don't collude. They "perform."
Are they all off the hook?
Of course not.
How DO other people read so fast?
And don't forget the international public humiliation. People all over the world are reading this report.
Trump is obsessed with brand and image.