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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.

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."

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.

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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