Oh boy give me the juicy deets
Unfortunately we didn’t get many. On 22 March, the Special Counsel, which was investigating links between the Trump Campaign and Russia, concluded its investigation and submitted its report to Attorney General William Barr. What we got was Barr’s 4-page summary of what was revealed last Thursday (28 March) to be a 300 page report.
In his summary, Barr claimed that the report cleared Trump of all crimes. We’ll spare you the legalese, but many say the summary was highly sus (yes, those are separate links) and used some clever wording to downplay the actual report’s findings. Notably, on the topic of obstruction of justice (i.e. screwing with the investigation), the summary contained a short and unexplained excerpt from the actual report – “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” The two main questions raised would then be why Mueller didn’t take a stance on Trump’s guilt, and why Barr only took 2 days to proclaim Trump’s innocence when Mueller couldn’t after 2 years of investigations.
As for the actual report, amid bi-partisan calls for its public release, Barr claims that the report needs to be redacted to protect confidential information. He says he’ll submit the report to Congress by “mid-April, if not sooner”. Suffice to say, we should all withhold judgement until the full report is released, which some news outlets allegedly failed to do.
What a tease…
Now, now. The Mueller Investigation may be over, but like Ah Boys to Men it has more spin-offs than anyone really asked for. Last Wednesday (27 March), a federal prosecutor said that a Grand jury involving the Russia investigation is “continuing robustly”.
A recently published interactive graphic from The New York Times neatly summarises the main investigations plaguing Trump and friends. If you’re up for a longer read, an article by The Atlantic has a more detailed, much longer list.
It seems Mueller’s already loaded the gun. It’s up to the other jurisdictions to pull the trigger.