How Mueller Failed to Deliver a Decisive Trump-Russia Report

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House
President Donald Trump. Photo: White House

In the absence of clear conclusions in the Mueller report, the Democrats have planned to start the whole investigation afresh.

By Rakesh Raman

Although Robert Mueller is largely hailed as a thorough legal professional, he did a clumsy job as the special counsel who was handpicked two years ago to assess the extent of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller was supposed to investigate and answer two crucial questions: 1. If Donald Trump conspired with the Russian operatives to steal the election, and 2. If Trump obstructed justice in order to scuttle the probe into his illegal ties with Russia.

But Mueller failed to answer both these questions. After nearly two years of investigation, Mueller delivered a 448-page report on March 20. The report in two volumes – covering Russian interference including charges of conspiracy and the obstruction of justice – is so vague that it is difficult to make heads or tails of his random conclusions.

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After delivering his ambiguous report, Mueller has suggested that Congress should take the final decision on Trump’s collusion with Russia as well as on the issue of obstruction of justice. Then what were you and a slew of lawyers in your team doing for nearly 22 months?

Mueller has unnecessarily squandered public money worth millions of dollars and has created more chaos with his report that can be interpreted in thousand ways. The vagueness in his report has given an opportunity to Trump who is claiming that Mueller report concludes there was no collusion and no obstruction of justice; so he has been fully exonerated.

However, the Democrats are interpreting the same findings in a diametrically different manner, saying that Mueller report has not exonerated Trump. How is it possible? That is because Mueller failed completely to write a meaningful, conclusive report.

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In this chaotic situation, the public will never know the truth behind Trump’s victory in the 2016 election and only conflicting conjectures will float in the air.

In the absence of clear conclusions in the Mueller report, the Democrats have planned to start the whole investigation afresh while they are demanding the untouched Mueller report from Attorney General William Barr whose only job is to protect Trump.

Although Congressman Jerry Nadler has called Mueller for his testimony with the objective to know more about his findings, this exercise will also go futile. If Mueller could not write a clear and concise report in two years, how will he clear the Democrats’ doubts in just two hours of testimony?

If truth is eluding the Americans today, Mueller – and only Mueller – is responsible for it.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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