I spent the entire weekend reading The Mueller Report. That means Friday night, all during the day and part of the evening on Saturday and half of the day and part of the evening on Sunday.
Yes, I’m a slow reader.
Still, it’s 448 pages and it’s dense. Though it is not so dense that you need to be a lawyer to read it. In fact, it probably helps to NOT be a lawyer. In that way, you don’t get lost in a mire of technicalities and convoluted, stretched-beyond credulity interpretations of federal and/or criminal statutes.
What we laymen and laywomen (aka the voters) will ultimately see are the basics. And then we will all have to ask ourselves some questions. Those would be:
- Did Russia interfere in the 2016 election of Donald J. Trump to U.S. President?
- Did the Trump campaign work with Russia to get elected?
- Did Trump try to hide (aka lie about) his relationship to Russia?
- Does Trump have the qualities of someone we want to continue as President?
If you changed the name of Trump to Smith and every person who worked for him to nom de plumes like, say, Mitzie, Fritzie, Trixie and Vi in this exhaustive account, and then afterwards refrained from consulting with ANYONE who had legal expertise or skin in the game, I promise you there would be only ONE WAY to answer all of these questions.
4. NO!!! No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
But don’t take my word for it. Here are only a few salient facts.
- Did you know that Smith’s campaign manager actually gave specific and ongoing polling information to Russia throughout the campaign about the Rust Belt States that eventually gave Pres. Smith his Electoral College victory? We’re talking about data from and about Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Minnesota – the very states that put him over the top.
Oh yeah, he did. He met up with them and handed the facts not only right before the Republican convention in 2016 but in repeated contacts prior to, right after and right up until the November election. Truly. It jumps right out at you in the first half of the report (aka Volume I).
- You will also read in that same volume pages and pages on Smith surrogates such as Roger, I mean, Dodger FlintStone, among others. He and they were active participants in promoting fake, Russian-created groups with names like “Stop All Immigrants,” “Being Patriotic,” “Blacktivist” and “United Muslims of America.” These groups were designed for and succeeded in fanning the flames of partisan anger and resentment on social media among your fellow voters. Many hundreds of insurgent Russians, helped along by Dodger and the like, then sponsored fake live events where phony Russians (or Americans cooperating with phony Russians) posed as disgruntled or partisan Americans at rallies where shouting matches often ensued.
The anger generated by these events, spread through many other social media repostings from still more Russians and Smith-ers, then spawned other real and more partisan events until soon literally millions and millions of more people became angry, isolated, alienated and convinced that only Smith, who was usually programmed at still other events to coincide with the apex of said bubbling anger, could tout himself as the only one who could save them from such vitriol.
- You probably already know about that famed “whistle-blowing” organization named Leakie-Lots. But did you also know that the report delineates ways Dodger and the gang communicated between candidate Smith, Leakie and the Russian government tricksters illegally obtained hacked emails as well as other illegally obtained and damning information about the other side?
Oh sure, you’ll read excerpts from any number of Smith tweets and speeches that presage or capitalize on deadly information on his competitor that the Mueller Report connects to relationships between the Smith campaign, the Russians and still other people in the Dodger mold. Ilk. Whatever.
- The second half more specifically centers on the personal machinations of President Smith. For instance, all during that year he spent on the campaign as Candidate Smith, denying he had ANY business dealings with Russia, his lawyer Fritzie, as well as his children Minnie, Ninnie and Nonnie, as well Minnie’s husband, Creamy, all KNEW that this was a big LIE. In fact, each of them was periodically briefed during that time about ongoing plans to construct an enormous Smith Tower in Moscow. In fact, this building was being touted as possibly THE potential luxury destination in all of Moscow, and perhaps the world. And it could be worth countless millions, and in the end perhaps billions, to all of them.
- But likely the most salacious documentations in the entire report confirm most of the news stories and, yes, gossip, about Smith’s personal behavior during his first two years in the White House. It seems our Electoral College POTUS really did order his closest non-family member advisors and cabinet officials to end the Special Counsel investigation into his relationship with Russia by every means necessary in fear that it would be “the end” of his reign.
His lawyers, appointees, cabinet members and friends (Note: All of whom he saw as Smith employees) tried to ignore his most outrageous requests, such as lying under oath to the SC about specific conservations he had with them and testifying to the exact opposite of what happened. But it didn’t always work. So if Smith persisted they would then be forced to prepare resignation letters that he would or wouldn’t accept (Note: Sometimes he’d even just carry them around in his pocket and then lie about it to promote even more fear), stand their ground and get privately and/or publicly berated by him, or ultimately fired (though in the case of the latter, never by Smith in person).
Various Smith retributions and temper tantrums occurred over other subjects but by far the worst had to do with Smith and Russia. Despite whatever was observed first-hand, if Smith wanted his people to state it was raining outside, his people were expected to stand before the world in the blazing bright light of a sun-drenched day and convince everyone within ear and eyeshot to come inside in order to get away from the undeniable storm clouds pouring down on them from up above that no one but them and their fellow selected few who were also on the team could clearly see.
Okay, perhaps this is all a bit cute….by half. But it could be the only way to truly understand what the Mueller Report offers about our democracy is to change the names in order to not pre-determine an outcome. Certainly, reality isn’t doing it. Thus far about 40-43% of voters are still behind Electoral College POTUS Trump, I mean, Smith.
Think about it. Then read the report for yourself. And soon.