WASHINGTON DC – The Mueller report, released to the public Thursday, is offering a deeper look at the efforts by Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, including ways that intersected with actions by members of Donald Trump’s campaign.
The nearly two-year, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, concluded that Russian interference took place through two channels. The first was a social media campaign designed to favor Trump and to disparage rival candidate Hillary Clinton, and more broadly to sow discord among American voters, and the second involved “computer-intrusion operations,” including hacking, against members of the Clinton campaign.
“The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion,” the report says.
You can download the report, some of which has been heavily redacted at points to shield sensitive information, from the special counsel’s website here. (We’ve also embedded the report at the bottom of this article.) It was released to Congress and the public Thursday following a .
Barr emphasized that the investigation failed to find that any Americans, including those working to elect Trump, colluded in Russia’s schemes.
“There was no evidence of Trump campaign ‘collusion’ with the Russian government’s hacking,” he said.
Shortly after Barr’s press conference, the president claimed victory in a Game of Thrones-styled tweet. “Game Over,” read the tweet, addressed to his political opponents.
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