The conclusion of the Russiagate investigation, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, was a pivotal media watershed moment. Even at the time of this writing there is a great deal of what might be called “journalistic froth” as opinion makers and analysts jostle to make their takes on this known to the world. Passions are running very high in both the Democrat / anti-Trump camps, where the reactions range from despondency to determined rage to not swallow the gigantic red pill that the “no collusion with Russia” determination offers. In the pro-Trump camp, the mood is deserved relief, but many who support the President are also realists, and they know this conflict is not over.
Where the pivot will go and what all this means is something that will unfold, probably relatively quickly, over the next week or two. But we want to offer a starting point here from which to base further analysis. At this time, of course, there are few hard facts other than the fact that Robert Mueller III submitted his report to the US Attorney General, William Barr, who then wrote and released his own report to the public Sunday evening. We reproduce that report here in full, with some emphases added to points that we think will be relevant to forthcoming pieces on this topic.
The end of the Mueller investigation brings concerns, hopes and fears to many people, on topics such as:
- Will President Trump now begin to normalize relations with President Putin at full speed?
- In what direction will the Democrats pivot to continue their attacks against the President?
- What does this finding do to the 2020 race?
- What does this finding do to the credibility of the United States’ leadership establishment, both at home and abroad?
- What can we learn about our nation and culture from this investigation?
- How does a false narrative get maintained so easily for so long, and
- What do we do, or what CAN we do to prevent this being repeated?
These questions and more will be addressed in forthcoming pieces. But for now, here is the full text of the letter written by Attorney General William Barr concerning the Russia collusion investigation.