Former special advisor Robert Mueller took a rare step on Saturday to publicly defend his two-year investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 elections – and the decision by US President Donald Trump to imprison Roger To transform Stone, to punish.
Mueller wrote an opinion article for the Washington Post, entitled “Trump’s Conversion of Roger Stone̵
“The work of the Special Representative’s office – his report, charges, guilt and convictions – should speak for itself,” he wrote.
“But I feel compelled to respond both to general claims that our investigation was unlawful and our motives inadequate, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office …
“Stone has been prosecuted and convicted of committing federal crimes. He rightly remains a convicted criminal. “
Trump changed Stone’s verdict on Friday night and sparked outrage among Democrats and some high-ranking Republicans.
Stone was a former campaign adviser to the president who was convicted of seven crimes in November 2019, including judicial disability, congressional lies, and witness manipulation.
The 2017-19 Mueller investigation found evidence of communications between Stone and WikiLeaks in connection with the publication of hacked emails from the Democratic Party during the 2016 elections, which were discovered in a separate investigation into Russian intelligence officers who were hacked by e- Mails and the execution of their publication are commissioned.
The April 2019 partially published Müller report described Russian efforts to manipulate the elections and the susceptibility of the Trump campaign to certain “Russian campaign support offers”.
It outlined Trump’s actions, which may have been a handicap to the judiciary, and concluded: “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it does not exonerate him.”
Mueller also concluded that he was not authorized to incriminate Trump, even if he thought it was justified.
Mueller wrote: “The Special Advisor’s Office identified two main operations directed at our choice: hacking and dumping Clinton campaign emails and an online social media campaign to belittle the Democratic candidate.
“We have also identified numerous links between the Russian government and Trump campaign personnel – including Stone. We have not found that members of the Trump campaign have conspired with the Russian government …
“However, the investigation found that the Russian government assumed that it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to ensure this result. [And] that the campaign expects to benefit from information stolen and released through Russian efforts. “
Trump has repeatedly tried to discredit Müller and his investigation.
Mueller has kept his advice since he testified in Congress last July. It was a subdued affair, and many believed that Trump was encouraged in his efforts to seek help from his current Ukraine campaign.
This led to the President’s historic impeachment and Trump’s final acquittal by the Senate earlier this year.
Mueller wrote: “Russia’s actions were a threat to American democracy. It was important that they be examined and understood. “