Learning With: ‘The Mueller Report Is 448 Pages Long. You Need to Know These 7 Key Things.’
Note to lecturers: The major article features a curse stated by the president.
Before studying the article:
On March 22, the particular counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, submitted his report back to the Justice Department, ending a 22-month investigation into Russian efforts to affect the result of the 2016 presidential election.
Two days later, Attorney General William P. Barr despatched Congress a four-page abstract of Mr. Mueller’s findings after which launched them publicly. According to Mr. Barr’s abstract, the investigation discovered no proof that President Trump or any of his aides coordinated with the Russian authorities’s 2016 election interference.
On Thursday, Mr. Barr launched the complete report — with some redactions.
Set a stopwatch to 5 minutes (or longer you probably have extra curiosity or persistence) and scroll via the 448-page report till the timer goes off. Try to get a way of what this doc seems like; what info it comprises; what the redactions seem like; and any info you’ll be able to collect whereas skimming.
Then, make two separate lists addressing these questions:
• What do you discover?
• What do you surprise?
Now, learn the article, “The Mueller Report Is 448 Pages Long. You Need to Know These 7 Key Things.” Then reply the next questions:
1. According to the report, what are two examples of instances the president tried to sabotage the Mueller investigation? How did his employees stop him from doing so?
2. According to the report, what are two examples of instances that President Trump lied or tried to get his employees to lie about issues associated to the Mueller investigation?
three. The authors write:
The president has spent the previous two years denouncing the information media. He has repeatedly accused reporters of constructing up sources to destroy his presidency. The report, although, reveals not solely that a few of the most unflattering tales about Mr. Trump had been correct, but additionally that White House officers knew that was the case whilst they heaped criticism on journalists.
According to the Mueller report, what are two examples of instances the president denounced the information media despite the fact that White House officers knew the information tales had been correct?
four. On web page 220, the report explores the query of whether or not the president dedicated an obstruction-of-justice offense:
The proof we obtained in regards to the President’s actions and intent presents tough points that may should be resolved if we had been making a conventional prosecutorial judgment. At the identical time, if we had confidence after a radical investigation of the info that the President clearly didn’t commit obstruction of justice, we might so state. Based on the info and the relevant authorized requirements, we’re unable to succeed in that judgment. Accordingly, whereas this report doesn’t conclude that the President dedicated a criminal offense, it additionally doesn’t exonerate him.
What does that conclusion imply? What does the Mueller report say about whether or not the president dedicated obstruction of justice?
5. What did the Mueller investigation uncover about Russian interference within the 2016 election?
6. The evaluation ends with the next three paragraphs:
Prosecutors describe a president who was preoccupied with ending a federal investigation, a White House that repeatedly instructed deceptive and altering tales, and a presidential marketing campaign that was in repeated contact with Russian officers for causes that aren’t all the time clear.
Even although prosecutors concluded that didn’t quantity to provably felony conduct, the report is astounding in its sweep. Yet it is usually a reminder of how a lot the general public has realized over the previous two years about Mr. Trump’s conduct.
If the American public or members of Congress had been studying these items for the primary time, the political fallout would usually be devastating. The penalties of the report stay to be seen, but when individuals are not shocked or shocked by the revelations, then Mr. Trump might have benefited by the regular drip of stories tales he has so loudly criticized.
What level are the authors making? Do you agree?
Finally, inform us extra about what you suppose:
What is your response to the seven takeaways that Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, two Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, make within the article?
Do you suppose the discharge of the complete, however redacted, report will change anybody’s minds about President Trump and his habits as a candidate or as president? Did it change your thoughts in any respect? Explain.
Not everybody agrees with Mr. Apuzzo and Mr. Goldman that the report paints “a deeply unflattering image of President Trump.” Christopher Buskirk writes the next on this Op-Ed piece:
The American political and media elites that spent the primary two years of the Trump administration selling the Russian collusion hoax have some explaining to do. And not merely explaining: They owe the president an apology.
As Attorney General William Barr stated on Thursday earlier than releasing the Mueller report, “After almost two years of investigation, 1000’s of subpoenas, and lots of of warrants and witness interviews, the particular counsel confirmed that the Russian authorities sponsored efforts to illegally intrude with the 2016 presidential election however didn’t discover that the Trump marketing campaign or different Americans colluded in these schemes.”
And Joseph diGenova at Fox News writes:
While the Democrats proceed to cling to the fantasy that proof of collusion actually is lurking someplace at the hours of darkness recesses of the Mueller report, the report itself makes it clearer than ever what any unbiased observer of the Russia story has been capable of see for greater than a yr: Robert Mueller knew very early on in his investigation that there was no collusion.
Do you agree with Mr. Buskirk and Mr. diGenova that the report exonerates Mr. Trump? Do you suppose the American political and media elites “owe the president an apology?” Why, or why not?
Do you suppose Congress ought to proceed to analyze the problems raised within the Mueller report, or do you suppose everybody ought to transfer on now that the report has been launched?
Additional News Article
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Additional Opinion Pieces
Mr. Mueller’s Indictment by The Editorial Board
Mueller’s Damning Report by Noah Bookbinder
It’s Not the Collusion, It’s the Corruption by David Brooks