A Man Of Honour & Integrity Speaks

I have wondered lately about Robert Mueller.  I understood why he was keeping a low profile … to an extent.  His work was done, he did it well, and while I wish he had done more, I also realize that he was prohibited from doing so by the abominable U.S. District Attorney, William Barr.  However, I was surprised that with all Trump’s recent blathering about the Mueller investigation having been a ‘witch hunt’, after the Department of Justice dropping the charges against Michael Flynn, and now Trump commuting Roger Stone’s sentence, Robert Mueller remained silent.  Trump and his henchmen have used every trick in their books to attempt to override the indictments the Mueller team made, and to attempt to convince the public that the Mueller investigation was a sham, naught but an attempt to bring Trump down.  I thought surely it must eat at Mueller, surely he must be itching to speak out, to defend his work, if not his own integrity.  Well, the Roger Stone episode was, apparently, the straw that broke the camel’s back, and Robert Mueller has spoken.  His words are far more important and more intelligent than any you’ll hear from Stone, Flynn, Barr, or Trump.  Mr. Mueller has something that none of them has:  honour and integrity.


Robert Mueller: Roger Stone Remains a Convicted Felon, and Rightly So

By Robert S. Mueller III

JULY 11, 2020

Robert-Mueller

The work of the special counsel’s office — its report, indictments, guilty pleas and convictions — should speak for itself. But I feel compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office. The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.

Russia’s actions were a threat to America’s democracy. It was critical that they be investigated and understood. By late 2016, the FBI had evidence that the Russians had signaled to a Trump campaign adviser that they could assist the campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to the Democratic candidate. And the FBI knew that the Russians had done just that: Beginning in July 2016, WikiLeaks released emails stolen by Russian military intelligence officers from the Clinton campaign. Other online personas using false names — fronts for Russian military intelligence — also released Clinton campaign emails.

Following FBI Director James B. Comey’s termination in May 2017, the acting attorney general named me as special counsel and directed the special counsel’s office to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The order specified lines of investigation for us to pursue, including any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign. One of our cases involved Stone, an official on the campaign until mid-2015 and a supporter of the campaign throughout 2016. Stone became a central figure in our investigation for two key reasons: He communicated in 2016 with individuals known to us to be Russian intelligence officers, and he claimed advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ release of emails stolen by those Russian intelligence officers.

We now have a detailed picture of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The special counsel’s office identified two principal operations directed at our election: hacking and dumping Clinton campaign emails, and an online social media campaign to disparage the Democratic candidate. We also identified numerous links between the Russian government and Trump campaign personnel — Stone among them. We did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its activities. The investigation did, however, establish that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome. It also established that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.

Uncovering and tracing Russian outreach and interference activities was a complex task. The investigation to understand these activities took two years and substantial effort. Based on our work, eight individuals pleaded guilty or were convicted at trial, and more than two dozen Russian individuals and entities, including senior Russian intelligence officers, were charged with federal crimes.

Congress also investigated and sought information from Stone. A jury later determined he lied repeatedly to members of Congress. He lied about the identity of his intermediary to WikiLeaks. He lied about the existence of written communications with his intermediary. He lied by denying he had communicated with the Trump campaign about the timing of WikiLeaks’ releases. He in fact updated senior campaign officials repeatedly about WikiLeaks. And he tampered with a witness, imploring him to stonewall Congress.

The jury ultimately convicted Stone of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and tampering with a witness. Because his sentence has been commuted, he will not go to prison. But his conviction stands.

Russian efforts to interfere in our political system, and the essential question of whether those efforts involved the Trump campaign, required investigation. In that investigation, it was critical for us (and, before us, the FBI) to obtain full and accurate information. Likewise, it was critical for Congress to obtain accurate information from its witnesses. When a subject lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s efforts to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable. It may ultimately impede those efforts.

We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law. The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false.

19 thoughts on “A Man Of Honour & Integrity Speaks

  1. From a non-American viewpoint, Mueller did a lot, and yet he did nothing. Trump is still President, Barr is still AG, and Trump’s followers still think he was exonerated of any wrongdoing, because that is what the King told them to believe. In the end, it only made matters worse, and gave Trump an aura of invincibility. Even the so-called Impeachment process gavevhim more power.
    It isn’t enough to just tell the truth, truth must be acted on successfully, otherwise it is meaningless. All Mueller’s great work is now meaningless.

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    • Mueller’s hands were tied in many areas, including subpoenas being ignored, threats from the DOJ and Trump … so, I think he did as much as he felt he could without causing the whole investigation to be shut down, which could have happened. As re the impeachment … the process didn’t give Trump more power, only the cowardice of the GOP senators. No, his work will stand the test of time, and will be forever recorded in the annals of history, but it did little to get us rid of the madman in the Oval. Not Mueller’s fault by any means, though.

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      • Where I stand, you ONLY follow those rules which you believe are right. To follow rules just because they are rules is to support the power structure. I’m not trying to say Mueller did not do a good job, he did. But he caved in, which was what I expected him to do all along.
        For a nation built on revolution, most Americans are now sheep. There is very little spirit for revolution left. Your country is living on past glories, and that makes me sad.

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        • I agree about that, but for you and I it is simple. Not so much in some cases, though. If Robert Mueller had done all that he wished, he would have been fired and not gotten to do anything. Then, either the investigation would have been shut down, or one of Trump’s sycophants would have replaced him. He did the best he could. Times and circumstances have changed, my friend, and starting a revolution today is not the same as in 1775. Sheep? Some are, others of us realize that violence and a physical revolution will not achieve a damned thing, and that there are other ways in which to fight the battles at hand.

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  2. I admired Mueller for his efforts in the investigation. I admire him even more now that he’s spoken out clearly and in great detail about the events that (we all knew) took place.

    Of course Trump will NEVER let it lay. If he hasn’t already, he will set Twitter afire with his accusations against “the lies of Mueller.” And those who blindly and ignorantly follow him will haul out all their own ugliness and garbage to defend him.

    Come quickly, November 3rd, come quickly!

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    • I’m glad he did, too. It was time. I’m sure it’s distressing to him and many others who remember the party as it one was, to see the depths to which it has sunk. I think it’s past time for a serious overhaul of the GOP!

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  3. You know, I just have to wonder, if Hillary had won the election and the republicans had evidence that the Russians had helped the dnc, would there have been an investigation or would they just say “nothing to see here?”
    Just a question but then it’s probably not really worth considering since it didn’t happen that way, still the mind wonders anyhow.
    Is what’s good for one side good for the other?

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    • Is what’s good for one side good for the other?

      What’s good for one side should be good for the other. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

      The Republicans thoroughly investigated Hillary. There was Benghazi. Earlier, there were travelgate, Vince Foster, Whitewater. They have been investigating Hillary for 25 years. And they have very little to show for it.

      Trump was investigated, with enough evidence found to send several people to jail. But the traitorous criminal congressional Republicans have been protecting Trump, where they should instead be living up to the ideals of our constitution.

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    • I don’t, in all honesty, know the answer to your question, my friend. The divisions between the two parties is unprecedented and horrifying, and I don’t even try to predict “what if” scenarios at this point.

      What are ‘sides’? We are all one people on this planet, and there should be no taking of sides, except in children’s games. What’s good for all should be the concern here. Helping people, preserving the planet and all life on the planet. What’s a ‘side’? Republican vs Democrat? That’s a contrived division, for members of both require the same things: food, water, shelter. Everything else is icing on the cake … except maybe love … it’s nice to have that.

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  4. As I said last evening upon reading this in The Washington Post shortly after its arrival amidst my inbox : FINALLY! I do not expect that those in Congress who need to act upon this message will do so, but at least Robert Mueller has succinctly presented the facts in an attempt to counteract trump’s fiction. As a former Marine, Mueller knows how to employ the old military adage : “The best defense is a good offense.” I’d wager that trump’s twitter must be aflutter! An excellent share, as I knew you undoubtedly would! Thank-you!

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    • Lindsey Graham is saying that Mueller may be invited to testify again before Congress, but he will not say anything that goes beyond what is in his report, so I’m not sure of the purpose. I suppose one purpose would be that he could clarify the portions of the report that have been redacted … I figured Trump would be all ‘tweety’, too, but if he has, I haven’t heard, and I don’t follow him on Twitter, so I rarely see his tweets unless they are published in a news outlet, or if one of my twitter friends comments on them. Ha ha … you only know me too well, my friend!

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  5. Jill, well written. The president wants to relitigate this, so Mueller’s words deserve an acknowedgment from Republican Senators and Congresspeople.

    Senator Mitt Romney said before Mueller’s piece about the president’s commuting Stone’s sentence, “Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president.”

    Keith

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    • Agreed. Mueller should not have to keep coming back to reiterate the obvious, but it’s no surprise. I read that Lindsey Graham said Mueller may be ‘invited’ to testify before Congress again, in the wake of the commutation. Mueller, being a man of high integrity, isn’t going to say anything beyond what is in his report. Period.

      I read what Romney said, and another republican senator is also criticizing the commutation. Good!

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  6. I’m glad he’s finally put his point of view. I’m sure there’s much more he could have told us from the investigation like the Trump boys meeting with a Russian during the campaign. Maybe it will all come out when you have a new president and Barr can be brought out and prosecuted for hiding that information. Maybe with luck there are charges they didn’t press on Stone et al that can be applied now and put them back in prison where they belong.
    Cwtch

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    • Oh, I’m sure, but Mueller is a man of high integrity and I cannot imagine him telling us anything beyond what was in his report. Eventually, it will all come out, thought it may not be until all the key players are dead and cannot be prosecuted or even shamed, other than the black mark on the memories of them.
      Cwtch

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