Mueller Report Summary Released

Adam Lenk, Features Editor

For almost two years, Robert Mueller was in charge of an investigation against the Trump Campaign and its alleged collusion with Russia, now in the wake of the release of the Mueller report summary there are many questions, Mueller’s inconclusiveness of Trump’s obstruction of justice charges, and what this means for the Trump Campaign and President Donald Trump himself. Within his summary Attorney General Bill Barr stated that the Trump Administration did not have any links to Russian meddling during the 2016 election, but that Russian meddling did occur in the forms of an organization named the Internet Research Agency (IRA), that performed disinformation campaigns on social media, and Russian hackers who were able to leak sensitive information from emails obtained from the Clinton Campaign.

Although the Trump Campaign was found clear on these charges, the report was indecisive about the charge of obstruction of justice, the counsel left the determination to be made by the Attorney General, Bill Bar who concluded that the administration was not guilty of obstruction of justice. Bill Barr, a critic of Mueller’s investigation, and supporter of the President has caused the authenticity of the summary to be a subject of much conjecture. There are leaks that some of Mueller’s team were dissatisfied with the Attorney General’s acquittal of President Donald Trump, this may signify that there was damning evidence within the report that the Attorney General may have ignored.

Whether these leaks within Mueller’s team was perpetrated by a small vocal minority or a large portion of the team is up to speculation. Due to these circumstances, Democrats have called for the whole 400 page report to be released. Although he will be complying with these requests the Attorney General will be redacting four different categories of information within the report. The first of these categories to be redacted is secret Grand Jury information, which is a federal rule of criminal procedure.

The second category is classified information, or “material the intelligence community identifies as potentially compromising sensitive sources and methods.” The third category, in the Attorney General’s own words, being “information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties.” Lastly, there are several types of privileged information that has the potential to be redacted, like the inner workings and operations of the Trump Administration.