'Mind-blowing' passages released from unsealed Mueller report on eve of Election Day
A newly-released and less-redacted version of Robert Mueller's investigation into the Democratic National Convention (DNC) server hack revealed details about prosecutors' investigation into Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, President Donald Trump's close advisor, Roger Stone, and the decision not to charge them for their involvement.
Based on the report, although it was confirmed that WikiLeaks leaked the stolen DNC emails back in July and October 2016, and that Stone appeared to have sufficient knowledge of the impending leak prior to the emails going public, "investigators 'did not have sufficient evidence' to prove active participation in the hacks or knowledge that the electronic thefts were continuing," according to Buzzfeed News.
The report also suggested there was no way to indicate that the hack was beneficial for Trump's first presidential campaign.
"In addition, federal prosecutors could not establish that the hacked emails amounted to campaign contributions benefitting Trump's election chances and furthermore felt their publication might have been protected by the First Amendment, making a successful prosecution tenuous."
Many have taken to Twitter with their reactions to the new release while criticizing U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr for suppressing politically damaging information that could have impacted Trump's presidential campaign.
Mind-blowing that passages like this are being unsealed from the Mueller Report on the eve of the 2020 election. https://t.co/zGHB5invL6— Jason Kint (@Jason Kint) 1604369570.0
And as you're reviewing it, recall that Stone was indicted for a lot of other very bad stuff including obstructing… https://t.co/DI8H4XWEuB— Jason Kint (@Jason Kint) 1604374499.0
The president's previous written testimony also appears to clash with the unsealed evidence in the Mueller report. In his written responses, Trump claimed he "could not recall discussing WikiLeaks with Mr. Stone."
It's also worth a reminder Trump's written testimony conflicted with this newly unsealed evidence in the Mueller re… https://t.co/zwXShHCi3B— Jason Kint (@Jason Kint) 1604374500.0
It's also worth a reminder Trump's written testimony conflicted with this newly unsealed evidence in the Mueller report. The Republican-led, bipartisan Senate Intel Report also confirms this. https://t.co/UTIcW2xQO2
— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) November 3, 2020
Buzzfeed also offered a side-by-side comparison of both reports to show the distinct differences between the two. In many cases, full passages were suppressed from the previously released version of the report.
🚨BREAKING: @BuzzFeedNews and I and @EPICprivacy just got MAJOR sections of the Mueller report unredacted related to… https://t.co/9fZ48SiAU8— Jason Leopold (@Jason Leopold) 1604356984.0