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I've finally read the Mueller report. If you haven't read it yet, at least join me in this this thread. It's long (71 frames) but you won't regret it.
1) If you'd like to follow along. This is the document I read. It's a searchable PDF.

scribd.com/document/40672…
2) The Introduction to Volume 1 establishes:

a) Russia interfered with our 2016 elections
b) Russia acted in favor of Donald Trump
c) Russia acted to disparage Hillary Clinton
d) Numerous links between Russian entities and the Trump Campaign were discovered.
3) The Executive Summary to Volume I of the Mueller Report begins with a discussion of the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) which carried out the earliest Russian Interference operations. Samantha Bee highlighted what they did back in October 2016.👇
4) And in April, 2017, Samantha Bee could say, "See...I told you so!" (But I digress, let's get back to the Mueller Report.)

5) Right from the start, immediately following the Executive Summary for Volume 1, we get our first redaction. What does this mean? It means ongoing criminal investigations and grand jury investigations remain active. There are A LOT of redactions in Volume 1!!!!!

A LOT!
6) The IRA "information warfare" campaign of 2016 to favor Trump over Clinton actually started in 2014 and 2015 as an attempt to undermine the US electoral system.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the term "information warfare".

It sounds about right.
7) While the Russian IRA was waging "information warfare" against us, the GRU (Russian Military Intelligence) began hacking the computers of the Clinton campaign, including employees and volunteers. The GRU also hacked the DNC. Wikileaks distributed the hacked information.
8) Some of the earliest contacts between Trump Org. and Russian operatives occurred in 2015. Trump repeatedly lied and said he had "nothing to do with Russia". In fact the Trump Org. was working on a Trump Tower, Moscow deal.

But we all know Trump is a pathological liar.
9) In May 2016, while working for the Trump campaign, Papadopoulus told an Australian diplomat that Russia could help Trump with the campaign. The Australian government eventually informed the US government. That's how the FBI first got involved. nytimes.com/2017/12/30/us/…
10) In the Summer of 2016 a Russian lawyer met with Don Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort to deliver "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary". The materials were offered as "part of Russia and its government's support of Mr. Trump".
11) Then there is all that internal polling data which Manafort gave to a Russian operative.

(Golly! I think the Russians understand our political system and how to win Electoral College votes better than we do.)
12) Then there is that secretive meeting between Betsy Devos' brother Erik Prince and Russian operatives in the Seychelles.

(Erik Prince lied to Congress about that meeting. I hope he will face consequences for that lie.)
13) On March 20th, 2017, in a statement to the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director James Comey made this statement 👇
14) I suspect that 👆 was the time Trump decided to fire Comey. It took 7 weeks, to fire him. Circumstances surrounding the firing of James Comey and obstruction of justice by Trump are discussed in Volume 2 of the Mueller Report.

Patience grasshopper. Patience.
15) A week later, Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as Special Counsel. I like to think that you and I and all the millions of Americans who value the rule of law helped that to happen. We demanded an investigation and we eventually got the Special Counsel.
16) Trump reacted very negatively to the Special Counsel's appointment. "He told advisors that it was the end of his presidency, sought to have Attorney General Jefferson (Jeff) Sessions...have the Special Counsel removed".

What Trump REALLY said. 👇
17) The Executive Summary of Volume 1 of the Mueller Report states that "the evidence was not sufficient to charge that any member of the Trump Campaign conspired with representatives of the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election".

but...
18) ..."that several individuals affiliated with the Trump Campaign lied to the Office, and to Congress, about their interactions with Russian-affiliated individuals and related matters. Those lies MATERIALLY IMPAIRED THE INVESTIGATION of Russian election interference."
19) Those lies were what Mueller was referring to when he said this recently 👇
20) In regard to Russian interference with our elections, Mueller says his Special Counsel investigations are completed, but Appendix D of the document informs us that additional investigations were referred to other agencies for investigation. This ain't over by a long shot.
21) By the time you get to around page 20 of Volume 1, the redactions make comprehension impossible. And unfortunately, most of the Russians involved are now safely back in Mother Russia.
22) I'm amazed that Russians were even able to organize pro-Trump rallies in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania.
23) Sometimes Trump or his campaign officials and surrogates like Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, and Michael Flynn amplified the Russian postings by retweeting their messages.
24) The whole Wikileaks section in the Mueller Report clearly lets me see that Assange is NOT a journalist. He wrote to other Wikileaks members: "Dems+Media+liberals would then form a block to reign in their worst qualities". Assange intended to silence Clinton.
25) Wikileaks and Russian military intelligence (GRU) worked in tandem to defeat Hillary Clinton.

(Any wonder that Nigel Farage met secretly with Assange as well? I think #Brexit & the 2016 US election are all part of the same Russian cyber warfare.)
theguardian.com/politics/2017/…
26) On July 27, 2016, Trump said at a rally, "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.". Within 5 hours, Russians targeted Clinton's personal office.
27) It wasn't just Clinton and DNC servers which were attacked by the GRU. By the summer of 2016 a whole slew of election computer systems were hacked.

(Right now there is a bill in the Senate regarding election security, but McConnell won't allow it to come to the floor.)
28) So the Mueller Report clearly states in Volume 1 that the GRU hacked our US election systems, and yet Mitch McConnell won't allow the bipartisan "Secure Elections Act" to come to the Senate floor. for discussion or vote.

Why is that?
motherjones.com/politics/2019/…
29) From page 51 to 74 we see discussions of Manafort, Cohen, Rick Gates, Wikileaks, Assange, Corsi, Farage, Malloch, Donald Jr., Flynn, Barbara Ledeen, Peter Smith, Sam Clovis & Kellyanne Conway. Lots of redactions in this section.

Maybe pending investigations?
30) Then there's the whole Trump Tower, Moscow mess. Trump LIED LIED LIED when he repeatedly said he had no business dealings with the Russians. He knew the truth wouldn't sit well with Americans.

Plus, Russia wanted their Buddy Boy to win the presidency, so mums the word.
31) How Papadopoulus was made foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign is a complete joke. Cory Lewandowski & Sam Clovis couldn't find anyone, so they yanked this bozo out of obscurity. Funny thing, Papadopoulus's loose talk started the FBI investigating the Trump campaign.
32) Pages 118-130 of the PDF (pages 110-122 of Volume 1 if you have a print out) are all about the Trump Tower meeting. Reading it makes me want to take a very hot shower to remove the filth.

Trump Jr and Kushner seem like guilty psychos to me.
33) Pages 137-152 of the PDF focuses on Manafort (pages 129-144 if you're using a paper document).

That guy is a snake.

Fortunately there are still Grand Jury investigations going on. I hope more comes out about how crooked he was/is.
34) The report goes on to talk a little about Hope Hicks. There are really only about 3 paragraphs, but it really needs to be fleshed out via congressional hearing.
35) Next comes a section entitled, "High-Level Encouragement of Contacts through Alternative Channels". Alfa bank is mentioned, but I was disappointed I couldn't find mention of the secretive "pinging" between Trump Tower and Alfa Bank. newyorker.com/magazine/2018/…
36) There is mention of George Nader. Nader was a go-between for Trump and the middle east and was involved in Russia connections.

He was recently arrested on child pornography charges.

cnn.com/2019/06/03/pol…
37) Nader also helped arrange a secret meeting in the Seychelles between Erik Prince (brother of Betsy Devos) and a Russian official close to Putin.

(BTW, the pinging between Alfa Bank & Trump Tower may have been a Spectrum Health connection. Spectrum Health is owned by Devos.)
38) In regard to Prince secretly meeting with Russians, Prince says Steve Bannon was aware but Bannon is denying any knowledge of it.

Hahaha! They are eating their own at this point.
39) Kushner is trying desperately to seem clean, but that guy is not clean at all!
40) A long section follows which discusses General "Misha" Flynn's involvement with Russia. Many of us know about that already.

But Hey! Even Bart Simpson knows Michael Flynn did not act alone.
41) The last section of Volume 1 deals with charging decisions. Quite a few people were charged. Some have gone to jail. Others are foreign nationals who can't be touched. And many MANY people were caught in lies.

Recall once again what Mueller said to all of us recently:
42) Okay that's Volume 1 of the Mueller Report in a nutshell. I skimmed over a lot. Time for a quick bathroom break and then I'll continue with Volume 2. I'll be right back.
43) Okay, intermission is over.

Here's my synopsis of Volume 2 of the Mueller report.
44) After slogging through Volume 1, I'm more convinced than ever that we need hearings. Mueller said the report would be his testimony, but look at it this way...If you were involved in a major malpractice lawsuit, would you let a doctor say the chart was his testimony?

No!
45) We deserve testimony on both Volume 1 & 2 of the Mueller Report. Safeguarding our elections is crucial and the criminal activity found in Volume 1 must be evaluated. I don't understand why McConnell won't bring this bill to the Senate floor. 👇
politico.com/story/2019/05/…
46) So moving on to Volume 2 of the Mueller Report, again I am using the document below which is a searchable PDF. Volume 2 begins on page 208 of this document. scribd.com/document/40672…
47) If you read nothing else of Volume 2, you should at least read the Introduction and the Executive Summary. One key quote from the Introduction to Volume 2 was:
48) The Trump campaign denied any involvement with Russian hacking or Wikileaks while simultaneously seeking further dirt from them on Clinton.

Trump denied business with Russia while simultaneously having business with Russia.
49) Flynn lied about having contacts with Russian operatives. Trump wanted the "whole Rusher thing" over with and put pressure on Comey to make it go away. He also put the screws on then Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland to write an official but untrue document.
50) Those instances 👆 should be considered to be TWO times Trump has obstructed justice. There will be more, I'm sure.
51) Sessions correctly recused himself from the Russia investigation, and Trump tried to get Don McGahn to stop Sessions from recusing. Trump told advisors that he should have an Attorney General who would protect him.

(Like Roy Cohn who protected both McCarthy & young Trump?)
52) Despite Don McGahn recommending against it, Trump reached out to both the CIA and NSA to dispel any suggestion that he had anything to do with Russia.

One is not supposed to interfere with investigations. This sounds a bit obstructiony to me as well.
53) Oy vey! Then Trump fires Comey. If that isn't obvious obstruction of justice, I don't know what is.
54) When Rod Rosenstein named a Special Counsel for the Russia Investigation, the shit hit the fan in the Oval Office.
55) Yeah. These are not the words of a man with a clear conscience.
56) Then Trump went on to fire out a series of tweets criticizing the Department of Justice and the Special Counsel's investigation. He called Don McGahn on June 17, 2017 and directed him to call the Acting Attorney General and say that Mueller needed to be removed.
57) That's clearly obstruction of justice! How many instances of obstruction of justice do we have now. I count at least 3.
58) Then on June 19, 2017 Trump yanks Cory Lewandowski into the obstruction of justice soup.
59) A month later Trump is at it again. This time he's threatening to fire Sessions.
60) What are we up to? At least 5 examples of obstruction of justice thus far.
61) Well, well, well. If this ain't one big obstruction of justice. Sheesh! Imma gonna run out of fingers. How many does that make?
62) Six. Ernie says that makes six instances of obstruction of justice.
63) Jeez Louise! Then, in order to get the heat off of himself, Trump instructs Sessions to start an investigation into Hillary Clinton. What a slime bag!
64) In early 2018 the press reported that Trump had directed McGahn to remove the special counsel and that McGahn had threatened to resign instead. Trump then told McGahn to dispute the story and create a denial for the record. (That's obstruction of justice.)
65) I'm losing count. Is that 7 instances in which Trump obstructed justice?
66) Okay...here we have instances of obstructing justice by trying to influence both Flynn and Manafort. Trump was dangling something here. It starts with a "P" and rhymes with "hard-on".
67) In my book, Trump was obstructing justice with both Flynn and Manafort. That brings us to 9 instances of obstruction.
68) Oy! This is obstruction big time!
69) Now we'er up to 10 instances of Trump's obstruction of justice.
70) The Mueller report goes on for many more pages, but the rest seems to simply flesh out the above mentioned cases of obstruction. A lawyer could probably find more instances of obstruction, but do we really have to? Isn't it obvious?
71) Today 270 copies of the Mueller report were sent to every Republican Senator & Congressperson. The copies were highlighted. I hope these legislators take time to understand this important report.

THANKS FOR READING WITH ME!

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