Expect nothing less than a full report from Robert Mueller

Mueller in 2006.

Special counsel Robert Mueller owes Congress and the American public a full report on the extent of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.

This is not simply my opinion. I’ve taken everything but the first ten words of that paragraph directly from former FBI director James Comey’s March 2017 description to the House Intelligence Committee of the ongoing investigation that two months later was turned over to Mueller.

This was at heart a counterintelligence investigation. The potential filing of criminal charges was literally an afterthought, placed in the second-to-last paragraph of Mueller’s remit:

“If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters.”

So once Mueller has figured out exactly what happened — which may or may not be very soon — he will of course deliver his findings to the Justice Department as well as distribute it through intelligence channels.

But the main goal of a counterintelligence investigation is crystal clear: it’s to make sure that whatever happened doesn’t happen again.

Generally, that information is very closely held, on a “need to know” basis, so as to not tip off the enemy.

But in this case, it’s clear that the parties who “need to know” are the U.S. Congress and the American people.

So do not be overly concerned about the limits placed on special counsel reports in general, or about grand jury secrecy.

We should expect a full report from Mueller. Nothing less than the future of our democracy depends upon it.

For more on this, including the interviews I conducted to reach this conclusion, please read my (admittedly premature) April 2018 article: Mueller’s big reveal is coming, and it could be bigger than anyone thinks.

3 thoughts on “Expect nothing less than a full report from Robert Mueller”

  1. I, like many others – look forward to hearing what the report says. But – I do have a question, will the report be accepted by all parties, even if it does not say what they wish? Or will the investigations continue, even after the report is issued. We need to move on, on all sides.

  2. Nice picture of Mueller. Lets see, 2006, that was when Mueller was wrongfully trying to frame Steven Hatfill for the anthrax attacks. That would have been shortly before Mueller publicly destroyed Bruce Ivins by employing his shrink as an FBI snitch and publicizing his private life. Mueller then hounded Ivins to suicide as part of his attempt to frame him for the never solved anthrax attacks. What a guy. Are we lucky to have him back on the job, or what?

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