On March 24, 2019, Attorney General William Barr published a premature summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report in which Barr claimed that Mueller found there was “no collusion” between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.
On Monday, conservative lawyer George Conway and CNN analyst Eli Honig predicted that Barr was hiding something based on how he summarized Mueller’s findings.
Turns out that Conway and Honig were exactly right – to the letter.
We now know that Barr intentionally omitted the first – and most consequential section – of Mueller’s conclusion on whether there was willful cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to sway the election in Trump’s favor:
Mueller’s report explains:
“Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
While it is true that Mueller concluded that there was no evidence of a coordinated effort, he did find that both parties expected to benefit from each other’s actions.
These redacted sections are interesting for several reasons.
First, Gates was being interviewed about Stone and Trump and WikiLeaks as recently as October.
Second, Manafort testified abt it too. Remember: at ONE of his GJ appearances he may have told the truth (shocking!). pic.twitter.com/bAlH6bsM8j
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) April 18, 2019
Mueller determined that a proverbial “wink wink nudge nudge” is not legally sufficient to establish criminal behavior.
Still, Barr tried to obfuscate the whole truth in order to protect the president.
The media does not consider lies of omission nearly as much as it should.
— Dave Kartunen (@davekartunen) April 18, 2019
As I’ve said since during the 2016 camapaign (and since I posted about it last year), cooperation isn’t legally conspiracy, sadly – but it doesn’t mean Trump & Russia weren’t working together.https://t.co/5tJyv9fwKm pic.twitter.com/pm4bgGJM8v
— Shawn Peirce (@_silversmith) April 18, 2019
Barr needs to go. This was intentional.
— Groots (@GretaGroots) April 18, 2019
Nevertheless, the fact that the Trump campaign and Russia knew what was going on and exploited the opportunity is not sitting well with people.