Op Ed: The Muller Report: A Whole Lot of Nothing?

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by Nelson Cummiskey

On May 17, 2017, a special council headed by Robert Mueller began an official investigation into collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians to get him into office, as result of accusation made since Trump was elected President over Hillary Clinton. Throughout the investigations, there many developments, from lying to congress to secret meetings. This investigation has been a roller coaster.

The beginning of the investigation was seen as a crusade by the left and a witch hunt by the right, and the first major development added fuel to that fire. The investigation was opened to include trying to find evidence for obstruction of justice by Trump. This led some people to believe that Mueller was just looking for anything to make Trump look bad and was a political stunt by the Democratic party.

The investigation did gain traction throughout 2017 when Paul Manafort was indicted on 12 counts including conspiracy against the U.S. and money laundering. George Papadopoulos and Michal Flynn also plead guilty to lying to the FBI.

In 2018, Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for violating criminal laws to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election. Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, had his hotel room and office raided. He later plead guilty to lying to Congress about building a Trump Tower in Moscow. He testified again to Congress and denied allegations about Trump colluding with Russia to win the election.

Throughout the investigation, the media seemed to believe Trump’s guilt would inevitably be proven and justice served. To their surprise, on March 22, 2019, Attorney General Bill Barr received Mueller’s report and summarized its findings as, “The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

The report also says that there is no conclusive evidence about obstruction of justice. The opposition has made points that the Muller report has not been released in entirely, but it still comes down to one thing: After two years and 40 million dollars, they found nothing on Donald Trump. So, what we got was a whole lot of nothing.

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