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Insufficient evidence of conspiracy (what Mueller found) is very different than a declaration of factual innocence of conspiracy, especially where (as here) the investigation itself was obstructed. This post by @TulsiGabbard is incorrect. 1/
2/ A finding of insufficient evidence “do[es] not answer, nor even address, the question of whether defendants are factually innocent.” apnews.com/4a19347996e34a…
3/ Again, Mueller found “insufficient evidence” of conspiracy, which is different than a finding of factual innocence of conspiracy.
4/ “The special counsel’s office ‘learned that some of the individuals we interviewed or whose conduct we investigated — including some associated with the Trump Campaign— deleted relevant communications... rollcall.com/news/congress/…
5/ ...or communicated during the relevant period using applications that feature encryption or that do not provide for long term retention of data or communication records,’ the report said.”
6/ “‘In such cases the Office was not able to corroborate witness statements through comparison to contemporaneous communications or fully question witnesses about statements that appeared inconsistent with the other known facts.’”
7/ “Apps such as Snapchat, for example, delete messages once they have been viewed, and the company says it deletes all messages from its servers after 30 days. WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and Viber are some of the apps that offer end-to-end encryption of messages.“
8/ “The report does not mention which individuals may have used such apps.”
9/ “The [Mueller] probe also ‘faced practical limits on its ability to access relevant evidence as well — numerous witnesses and subjects lived abroad, and documents were held outside the United States,’ the report said.”
10/ “As a result of the missing evidence, Mueller wrote that his office ‘cannot rule out the possibility that the unavailable information would shed additional light on (or cast in a new light) the events described in the report.’”
11/ “Several Trump advisers or campaign officials gave false or incomplete testimony, including Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos, according to the report and subsequent criminal charges.” washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/…
12/ “‘Those lies materially impaired the investigation of Russian election interference,’ the Mueller report says.”
13/ In addition, “Some witnesses asserted their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to answer questions, according to the Mueller report.“
14/ In other words...
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