It is sad to think that so many Americans believe like this especially the media. Order No. 3915-2017 signed by then-Acting Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein on May 17, 2017, read: “By virtue of the authority vested in me as Acting Attorney General, including 28 U.S.C. §§ 509, 510, and 515, in order to discharge my responsibility to provide supervision and management of the Department of Justice, and to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, I hereby order as follows:” (my emphasis)
The order appointed Mueller. It asked him to conduct the investigation that James Comey testified about which included links between the Russian government and individuals associated with Trump’s campaign; any matters arising from his investigation or other matters within the jurisdiction of special counsel.
We have only seen the Barr summary of Mueller’s almost two-year effort. It states with respect to the “investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election” the following: “The report outlines the Russian effort to influence the election and documents crimes committed by persons associated with the Russian government in connection with those efforts. . . . there were two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. The first involved attempts by a Russian organization, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the United States designed to sow social discord, eventually with the aim of interfering with the election. . . . the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian nationals and entities in connection with these activities.” (my emphasis)
It went on to note: “The second element involved the Russian government’s efforts to conduct computer hacking operations designed to gather and disseminate information to influence the election. The Special Counsel found that 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. Based on these activities, the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian military officers for conspiring to hack into computers in the United States for purposes of influencing the election.” (my emphasis)
Let’s get one thing straight in the beginning. There is no doubt that Russia conducted attacks on America through two separate avenues attempting to influence the American people to elect Donald Trump. Anyone who believes Mueller’s report found no collusion or conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Russia must also accept that Russia did attempt to aid Trump in getting elected.
Now keeping that in mind let’s go back to the late days of the Obama administration. Here are the first two sentences from the Chicago Tribune December 29, 2016, article on this. “The United States struck back Thursday at Russia for hacking the U.S. presidential campaign with a sweeping set of punishments targeting Russia’s spy agencies and diplomats. The U.S. said Russia must bear costs for its actions, but Moscow called the Obama administration “losers” and threatened retaliation.”
Later the article quoted President Obama as stating: “All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions. Such activities have consequences.”
Keep in mind that prior to the election the FBI was investigating these Russian activities. No word about that investigation was disclosed publicly. That was unlike Comey eleven days before the election tilting it severely in favor of Trump by parading before the American people on October 28, 2016, in a letter to Congress that the FBI “learned of the existence of [Hillary Clinton] emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.” This was while early election votes were being cast for the election that was held on November 8, 2016.
What was the result of President Obama’s statement that: “All Americans should be alarmed. . . .” Stay tuned.