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Here's Why The Mueller Report Is Not A 'Total And Complete Exoneration'

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Special Council Robert Mueller's report into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has been submitted to the Attorney General William Barr.

The full report has not been publicized.

It is ultimately up to the attorney general to decide whether or not it will be.

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While Mueller's report unambiguously states there was no evidence of collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, we learn through William Barr's four-page summary the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency indeed conducted "disinformation and social media operations in the United States designed to sow social discord, eventually with the aim of interfering with the election."

It also confirms:

"Russian government actors successfully hacked into computers and obtained emails from persons affiliated with the Clinton campaign and Democratic party organizations, and publicly disseminated those materials through various intermediaries, including WikiLeaks."

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The summary also makes it clear that "While this report does not conclude the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

So according to the attorney general himself, the White House's declaration Mueller's findings are a "total and complete exoneration" is a total and complete lie.

It is up to Barr "to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime."

And according to Barr's summary:

"[The evidence for obstruction is] not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense."

Just because the Trump campaign did not willingly collude with Russia does not mean Trump campaign officials were unaware of Russia's activities.

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Some of the Russian players, like lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who famously promised Trump campaign officials dirt on Hillary Clinton at Trump Tower the summer before the election, were not government agents.

Let's not neglect the fact Mueller's investigation led to charges against 34 individuals, several of whom were Trump campaign advisers, and three companies.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is going to prison for seven and a half years.

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There's so many authors here on Opednews who cannot shake two and a half years of mainstream propaganda brainwashing.

The inaccuracies and wrong conclusions in this article are regurgitations of the 'Russiagate' conspiracy we've had thrust upon us day and night 24/7.

There seems to be an entrenched 'Trump derangement syndrome' that prevents a broader analysis.

Read Caitlin Johnstone or Chris Hedges. Both progressive liberal journalists but more thorough in their research. Or the many stories exposing Russiagate on www.consortiumnews.com or www.21stcenturywire.com

So what's the truth? There's obviously a civil war between nationalist capitalist elites and globalist capitalist elites. The latter have been using the US imperial military might to assert their 'NWO' hegemony (GHWB meaning of the term) over the world. The former are prepared to let go of empire to 'make America great again'. This meant getting out of the TPP and scaling back regime change efforts and sponsorship of jihadists in Syria.

It is clear that Hillary as a servant of the globalists (her Wikileaks revealed speech to Goldman Sachs being prime evidence of this) would've signed TPP, left NAFTA alone, not tried to resurrect US manufacturing and pushed hegemony in Syria possibly to the point of WW-III.

Articles on Consortiumnews showed that the Russian clickbait 'Internet Research Agency' spent about a trillionth - yep a trillionth- of the money spent on social media in the 2016 election. Congressional testimony from Google CEO said $4,700 only was spent by the Russian firm on their platform. They ran both pro Trump and pro Hillary ads. They ran most of them after the election when there was furore. They were clickbait nothing more. Russian involvement was minuscule- it was picked up because Mueller had $30Million and nearly 2 years to find it and was tasked to look for Russian influence.

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If Mueller had been tasked to look at all Foreign influences he'd have found Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UK would've dwarfed this minuscule amount from Russia. And mostly been pro- Hillary.

So wise up. Get over the Trump Derangement. Look at the oligarchy- both factions - nationalist and globalist - and support candidates that truly are for the people- like Gabbard and Sanders.

Russiagate should be the wake up call to put Hillary in jail for creating a treasonous conspiracy that wasted so much time and effort and divided and damaged the nation and many other communities around the world.

The cognitive dissonance energy can be best directed to reforming the now plain to see corrupt oligarchy controlled DNC so it doesn't rig the next primaries in favour of a globalist candidate.

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And come to think of it, perhaps the intensity of Cold War Russophobia which also seems part of the mainstream propaganda- can be wound back. Reduce sanctions, bring NATO troops back a bit from the Russian border. Start arms reduction talks.

Bring the minute hand on the Doomsday Clock back from 2 minutes to midnight. Read Emeritus Professor Stephen F Cohen at www.salon.com He makes a strong case that Russiagate, Hillary et al.'s conspiracy theory, has put all our lives at risk.

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Can't disagree with any of that, Ruck.

The trouble is, truth, logic, solid evidence and even cold proof don't seem to penetrate TDS.

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I've railed agai st democrats being unwilling to fight back for 40 years. Im no less angry about the thing in the white house. But now i believe democrats need to focus on setting the stage for their message and policies going into the election. I see more and more clearly over time how the overwhelming noise machine of the right constantly berate democrats - even very conservative one. Look be realistic... the right holds all the money and has 80 % of the rich and big corporations consta tly streaming their .essage through ads, business round tables a d the cavals of elite. Poorer folks dont stand a.chance. none of this is to mention our corporate democratic politicians. Its a hard hill to cli.b. id like dems to quietly investigate but with a reporter for every politician the press wont leave it alone. They would make it their headline and screw dems out of gettin a clear message out. After all they are the corporate media.

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My recommendation to you, Ted: Watch this click here, reflect, and, por favor, respond after two ounces of reflection.

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