The Robert Mueller report into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election has been released to the public. The redacted version of the special counsel’s report was also published online and released to members of Congress.
Throughout his investigations, Mueller secured the conviction of one Trump associate, while also obtaining guilty pleas from many others. The Mueller investigation also led to the indictment of many Russian nationals who reportedly interfered with the U.S. election.
Information that was redacted was done so to “protect grand jury material, intelligence sources and methods and ongoing investigations,” according to Attorney General William Barr.
The report is 448 pages.
In the introduction, Mueller notes:
“The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion. Evidence of Russian government operations began to surface in mid-2016. In June, the Democratic National Committee and its cyber response team publicly announced that Russian hackers had compromised its computer network. Releases of hacked materials — hacks that public reporting soon attributed to the Russian government — began that same month. Additional releases followed in July through the organization WikiLeaks, with further releases in October and November.
“In late July 2016, soon after WikiLeaks’ first release of stolen documents, a foreign government contacted the FBI about a May 2016 encounter with Trump Campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos had suggested to a representative of that foreign government that the Trump Campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. That information prompted the FBI on July 31, 2016, to open an investigation into whether individuals associated with the Trump Campaign were coordinating with the Russian government in its interference activities.”
That fall, two federal agencies announced that the Russians “directed recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including US political organizations” and that “[t]hese thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.”
You can read the full Robert Mueller report online thanks to the U.S. Department of Justice or by downloading the file below.