Just the Facts
Five Facts on the Mueller Investigation
By Emma Petasis
April 19, 2019 | Blog
The release of the Mueller report comes after a two-year long investigation conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. Here are five facts.
1. The redacted Mueller report was released to Congress and the public on April 18.
The Mueller report was released with redactions on April 18, 2019, with only about 8% of the report containing redacted material. Congress will now have the ability to determine if any parts of the report merit further investigation. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler stated he would subpoena for the full report without redactions, as well as requesting Mueller’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer additionally argued that Mueller’s testimony would “restore public trust,” while House Republican Leader McCarthy urges Democrats to move on and work on other issues now that the investigation has concluded. President Trump has dismissed the Mueller report, stating it is fabricated and untrue. Believing it was made to make him look bad by Democrats, Trump insists there was no obstruction in addition to the findings of no collusion.
2. Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to the Russia probe in 2017.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller in May 2017 as a special counsel to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. This probe expanded to include an investigation of President Trump for possible obstruction of justice the following month.
3. The Steele dossier, also known as the Trump-Russia dossier prompted early investigations.
Christopher Steele worked for British intelligence and comprised a series of documents claiming conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. The dossier claims that Russia interfered with the election by releasing damaging information on Hillary Clinton and assisting Trump win. All documents were published by Buzzfeed in 2017 before any of its contents were verified, and while some vindicate its release, it has been largely discredited.
4. Almost 200 people were charged as a result of the investigation, including Russian nationals and groups.
In October of 2017, Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were indicted with 12 counts of conspiracy against the U.S. as well as money laundering, the first of several charges that would be leveled against people in or connected to the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. That following December, the former national security advisor Michael Flynn plead guilty to making false statements to the FBI in regard to conversations with Russian contacts. In February of 2018, 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies were indicting for their interference with the 2016 election and violating criminal laws through propaganda. That following July, 12 more Russian intelligence officers were indicted for the release of the Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign. Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen then had his home and office raided by FBI, and was subsequently charged with finance violations, tax evasion, and lying to congress. Cohen then testified in front of a House committee, stating he was instructed by President Trump to pay hush money to women alleging affairs with Trump.
5. The full Mueller report was about 400 pages, and Attorney General William Barr sent a four-page summary to Congress.
Barr received the report on March 22 and sent a four-page summary report to Congress two days later stating that the investigation did not establish conspiracy or collusion with Russia and the Trump campaign. Regarding the investigation of obstruction of Justice, the Mueller report stated while it “does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”