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The Mueller Report catalogs untruths about the Trump team



However, the document has a different purpose: a catalog, which was correct and was wrong in relation to the 2016 Campaign and the 2016 Trump Administration.

However, many of them have not led to legal proceedings, as they have been informed by the President or by the government, its communications staff to the American public, to press conferences, in interviews, and in official statements.

Others were omission lies or contained false information that was given to the investigators initially and then corrected, sometimes with consistency, sometimes without. With the exception of the President's allegations, Müller has not often dealt with a person's intent, but has merely set out the facts he found out.

In particular, a commentary seems to capture how the president sees wrong statements to the press. Mueller points out that Trump, while trying to spread a lie about his involvement in responding to the news of the Trump Tower meeting in June 201
6, told a group of White House reporters, "It's an explanation The New York Times … This is not a testimony before a high court of justice. "

How We Analyzed the Report

CNN's approach to analyzing the report was as follows: Every time Muller fails Allegation to the public or to federal officials documented – even if it was the same lie over again – it was counted. These include lies to investigators and to the Congress, which represent the public. CNN has not taken into account the efforts of the White House to deceive other administrative officials, of which Mueller finds several cases.

The last portrait authored by Mueller unveiled eight main themes by which Trump and his associates sent false stories from his interactions with former FBI director James Comey to negotiations about a Trump Tower project in Moscow's Denial that the US intelligence agencies had stated that the Russian government was involved in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

Sometimes Müller puts it on cold and says a person has claimed something "wrong". At other times, Müller describes a cascade of claims – often from the President to later withdraw and say that "substantive evidence" contradicts the statements. On several occasions, Mueller could not determine the truth, but describes how at least one person in a group must have given false information.

In his analysis, CNN listed cases in which Mueller found several people who gave different versions of events as a false claim.

The analysis of CNN also included situations in which false information was passed on. However, Mueller did not always make it clear whether the person intended to give bad information. In some cases, Mueller documented how some individuals had explanations of the information they had shared with others.

Although he rarely uses the term, Mueller's efforts may be the first comprehensive statement by a federal investigator to document the lies that the Trump campaign and administration communicated to the American public.

Trump Tower project in Moscow

Donald Trump

What Donald Trump said:

Trump faced up to his only press conference on January 11 during his presidential election with a push of questions on Russia , Asked about his potential financial ties with Russia, Trump said, "I have no business with Russia, I have no business that could happen in Russia because we stayed away, and I have no credit with Russia." This gave the false impression that Trump never did Russian business, although he did so in 2016.

What the report says:

"Trump responded to questions (from the media) about possible ties to Russia by refusing any dealings with Russia – although the Trump organization is still pursuing a business project in Russia in June 2016 Michael Cohen

What Michael Cohen said:

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has repeatedly lied to Congress about Trump lamenting Tower Moscow and later found guilty of misrepresenting it. Cohen lied in particular about his attempts to reach the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, hoping to obtain the approval of the government for the real estate contract with Trump. On August 28, 2017, Cohen sent a letter to the House Intelligence Committee stating, "I do not remember responding to my e-mail or any other contacts I have with Mr. Peskov or other Russian government officials regarding the proposal . "

What the Report Means:

" Any of the above representations in Cohen's two-page statement was false and misleading … Cohen recalled that he had received a reply to the e-mail he sent to Russian Government spokesman Dmitry Peskov – in particular, received an e-mail response and in mid-January 2016 held a telephone conversation with an English-speaking Peskov assistant. "

Mueller discovered a systematic effort by Trump and his time lawyer Cohen to the public to mislead about Trump's financial relations with Russia. The deception spanned years and included lies against the voters, the press, the congressional committees and the investigators of Müller. Altogether, Mueller evoked at least 30 lies or misleading statements about the Trump Tower Moscow.

Since the campaign, Trump publicly denies having any business relations with Russia. He often repeated: "I have nothing to do with Russia" and said he kept away from Russian business.

But the Müller report documented how the Trump organization pursued a lucrative business proposal in Moscow. Cohen led the negotiations, which included direct contacts with Kremlin officials. Trump was aware of the effort and kept the campaign well until June 2016.
The first details of the deal appeared in mid-2017. However, the coverup lasted until November 2018, when Cohen pleaded guilty to lied to Congress about when the project was over and how much Trump knew about it. For this and other crimes, Cohen is going to jail this spring.

The report also highlights that Trump has misled the public into this critical issue at least 15 times. Mueller even rebuked Trump for not answering questions he presented last year directly to questions about the Moscow project. Trump never agreed to a personal interview.

Comey-shelling and fallout

Donald Trump

What Donald Trump said:

In an interview with The New York Times on July 19, 2017: President Donald Trump unduly denied the then FBI Director James Comey to force a personal conversation. The Times asked him, "Did you scare other people out of the room than you talked to Comey?"
"No, no," said Trump.
"Did you actually have a one-on-one talk with Comey?"
Trump replied, "Not much, not even that I remember."

What was said in the report:

Mueller found out that "despite these denials, substantive evidence confirms Comey's report."

Sarah Sanders

What Sarah Sanders said:

At a press conference on May 10, 2017, one day after the firing of Comey, the White House Deputy Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders made the decision when she was falsely supported by FBI agents who did not trust her leader. "The FBI had lost confidence in their director," she told the assembled press. One reporter backed off, pointing to information that a majority of FBI agents were assisting Comey, but Sanders still replied incorrectly, "Look, we've heard from countless members of the FBI that says very different things," remarked Müller.

What the report says:

"After the press conference, Sanders talked to the president, who told her that she had done a good job and found no inaccuracies in her remarks." Sanders told that office that her hint was that he had heard of "countless members of the FBI" was a "tongue failure."

The Mueller Report documents at least a dozen cases in which Trump and his associates lied or made false claims about the facts surrounding the launch of Comey. These untruths sometimes multiplied through attempts to mitigate the damage, and the president and his staff spread them on Twitter, in interviews, and in official White House statements.

Mueller documents how Trump was annoyed at the FBI investigation into the FBI and the questions he felt raised about the legitimacy of his electoral victory. First, Trump asked Comey to fire his National Security Advisor Flynn and dismissed Comey, who refused to pledge his allegiance.

All in all, Müller documented that the President and the White House had repeatedly lied, why he dismissed Comey, and what circumstances led to it.

For example, Trump tweeted : "I never asked Comey not to investigate Flynn any more, just more fake news about another Comey lie!"

In truth, Trump had invited Comey to dinner, asked for the FBI director's loyalty, and asked Comey if he should "let Flynn go" as his national security adviser was being investigated.

Mueller eventually joined the version of Comey after confirming it with several other sources – even the president's daily diary. "Despite these refusals [from Trump]the evidence from Comey confirms," ​​wrote Mueller.

The White House press secretaries, Sarah Sanders and Sean Spicer, and Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, also provided false versions of the events affecting Comey. Sanders admitted to Mueller that he had made negative statements to Comey because the leader of the FBI was a "slip of the tongue" and said "in the heat of the moment".

Trump Tower Meeting

Trump's Attorney

What Trump's lawyer said:

Donald Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow in July 2017 denied Good Morning America, Meet the Press, and CNN that the president had been involved in writing Donald Trump Jr. testifies about the meeting of the Trump Tower – although Trump dictated the statement made by his son.

What the Report said:

After the statement was published, "the President's personal lawyer was repeatedly and inaccurately denied that the President played any role in the preparation of the Trump Jr. statement," Mueller wrote. Trump's legal team, which included Sekulov, did what they told the press as they discussed what was happening to the Special Representative's office.

"Several months later, the President's personal lawyer stated in a private note to the Special Representative's office that" The President dictated on behalf of his son Donald Trump jr. A short but accurate answer to the New York Times article. The president later told the press that it was "irrelevant" whether he dictated the statement and said, "It's a statement to the New York Times … That's not a testimony before a high court of justice."

Mueller noted that Donald Trump Jr.'s public statement on the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 marked the beginning of a coordinated effort to misclassify the nature of the meeting and protect the president. Leaders of the campaign had expected the meeting to include a discussion about possible harmful information about Hillary Clinton.

Trump's public response to the meeting was misguided from the start, including at least nine falsehood cases.

A spokesman For Trump's personal legal team, Mark Corallo, Mark Corallo worked with the conservative news site Circa News to create a story that questioned whether the Trump Tower rally was being staged by Democratic activists, Muller noted. That was not the case.

Trump Jr. issued a statement in July 2017 in which he wrongly claimed that the meeting was primarily about Russian adoptions. Instead, the discussion focused on US sanctions against Russians.

Jay Sekulov, Trump's lawyer, also delivered a false narrative. In several interviews, he said Trump did not dictate Trump Jr.'s testimony. Trump's lawyers later admitted that Trump had actually dictated it. Sanders also wrongly told the press that Trump did not dictate the statement.

And finally, Mueller marks one of those annoying "Who's lying?" Situations – an important issue of the investigation in Russia remains unresolved. Did the then candidate Trump know about the meeting in advance?

Cohen told the prosecutors that he did – and Cohen had witnessed the conversation between Trump Jr. and his father, but Cohen stated he was "not following Trump Jr." The meeting was linked to Russia. "[19659003] But Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee the opposite, saying he had not talked with his father in advance Chairman of the Trump Campaign Manafort and son-in-law Jared Kushner, the other participants of the meeting , affirmed this story when they talked to the investigators and said they did not remember anyone who had briefed Trump on the meeting, and Trump said in his own written replies to Müller's questions that he had "attended the meeting in advance does not remember. "

Müller could not ascertain the truth.

Flynn calls with Kislyak

Michael Flynn

What Michael Flynn said: [19659018] On January 24, 2017, Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, lied about his calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn falsely denied having asked Kislyak to defend himself strongly against new US sanctions. Flynn resigned after the press reports revealed the calls, and later pleaded guilty to lied to the FBI.

What the report says:

"During the White House interview, Flynn falsely stated that he had not. Ask Kislyak to address the situation in response to the Obama administration's sanctions against Russia not to escalate. "

KT McFarland

What KT McFarland said:

The representative of Michael Flynn, KT McFarland, gave Washington false information to post-columnist David Ignatius about Flynns calls with Sergey Kislyak. She claimed the calls had taken place before the new sanctions were announced and sanctions did not materialize. McFarland was not personally cited in the following article, but, according to Mueller's report, appeared as an unnamed "Trump official."

What the Report Said:

"Flynn ordered McFarland to call Washington Post's columnist to inform him There was no discussion on sanctions McFarland recalled that Flynn said words," I want to kill the story "McFarland made the call when Flynn asked her, even though she knew she was providing false information."

The report sheds new light on one of the earliest episodes of the investigation: the consequences of Flynn's phone calls with the Russian ambassador. Mueller identified at least seven lies and false allegations by five senior White House officials regarding the incident.

The cover story said that Flynn was in contact with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition, but was never discussed about sanctions. It soon became apparent that Flynn was working with Kislyak to stem the Russian reaction against the Obama administration's sanctions in order to punish the Kremlin for intervening in the 2016 elections.
The Mueller report details how Flynn repeatedly lied to FBI agents on the grounds of the White House when he was interviewed in January 2017. This eventually led to his resignation and his criminal conviction for false statements. Later he became one of the collaborators of Müller.
The report also showed how Flynn lied to others in the White House. Vice President Mike Pence, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Spicer reiterated Flynn's lies on national television and "unknowingly mislead the American public," the report said.
While these officials were in the dark, Flynn's deputy KT McFarland knew the fuller story. Nevertheless, she called a prominent journalist and falsely denied that Flynn was discussing sanctions.

Additional Contacts with Russians

Additional Contacts with Russians

Jared Kushner

What Jared Kushner and Avi Berkowitz said:

Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is now a White House advisor, met in the December 2016 with a prominent Russian government banker. When Mueller's investigators asked about this encounter, Kushner claimed that the transition team was not preparing for the meeting.

What the report says:

"Kushner said this in an interview He had not made any preparations for the meeting and no one in the Transition team even conducted a Google search for Gorkov's name … (Kushner's personal assistant Avi ) Berkowitz, however, told the bureau that he had googled Gorkov's name and told Kushner that Gorkov seemed to be a banker. "

Team Trump's false narrative began two days after his election. Hope Hicks, his transitional speaker, who later worked in the White House, said in two press interviews: "There was no communication between the campaign and a foreign entity during the campaign."
It only took a few weeks for this narrative to dissolve. Müller's report revealed the breadth of these contacts, with more than 100 pages describing in detail the numerous meetings, phone calls, e-mails, text messages, and other communications between Trump employees and Russians.

The report examined how several prominent Trump allies had lied or misrepresented allegations to investigators about their contacts with Russians – in addition to the episodes described above.

There is Kushner who told Mueller that he was not even preparing for a meeting with a Russian banker, though his personal assistant testified that they used Google to find information about him . There is also Erik Prince, the Trump donor and founder of Blackwater, whose remarks to Congress and the press were undercut by the report, which revealed that his meeting with another Russian banker in Seychelles was highly choreographed and no chance encounter.

However, Mueller admits that some Trump campaigners have undermined his efforts to reduce any trace of possible coordination with Russia, and that there may be more to learn.

Attempts to fire Mueller

Exclamation of the Special Lawyer

The White House

What the White House said:

In June 2017, President Donald Trump dictated a statement for spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who "Trump has no intention" to fire special lawyer Robert Mueller, and that same day his lawyers went to Mueller's office to voice their concerns about ethics, and shortly thereafter Trump told his lawyer The White House, to remove Müller from his duties.

What's in the report:

"A threshold question is President McGahn actually instructed to have the Special Lawyer recalled? After news organizations reported that the President ordered the Special Lawyer to be removed in June 2017, the President publicly denied these reports … "Substantial evidence, however, supports the conclusion that the President had gone ahead and actually directed McGahn to Rosenstein to have the Special Counsel removed. "

Twice Mueller explained how Trump tried to cover up the episode in which he called on the White House lawyer Don McGahn to free him from the Mueller investigation.

In early 2018 news organizations that Trump had ordered McGahn to remove the special lawyer. Mueller finally examined this as part of his investigation into whether the president was obstructing the judiciary.

After the story was interrupted, Trump rejected her and called her "Fake News." Fake News.

McGahn told Mueller the truth, the report found and Mueller confirmed that McGahn "had no motive to lie or exaggerate given his position in the White House."

Pardon by the President

Donald Trump

What Donald Trump said:

In a conversation with reporters at the White House on June 8, 2018, Trump said he was does not consider any pardon for anyone related to the Russia investigation. "I have not even thought about it," he said. "I did not think about it, it's too early to think about it." Müller, however, documents how Cohen was given the opposite impression in several conversations with lawyers in the area surrounding the president.

What the report says:

The report does not fully state how the President drew attention to these discussions, but Mueller puts in a series of evidence describing in detail how Cohen felt that a pardon was possible. Mueller notes that in April 2018, two months before Trump's remarks, Cohen had "recalled pardoning the president's personal adviser after the searches of his home and office had taken place."

Mueller adds : "Cohen understood from this conversation and his predecessor talks about pardons with the President's Personal Presidential Council that he, as long as he remained on the news, would be cared for by the President either by a pardon or by the termination of the investigation. "

The prospect that Trump used his presidential pardon to protect his allies was never a reality during the two-year investigation, but always bubbled near the surface.

Both publicly and privately, Trump and his private lawyer Rudy Giuliani repeatedly refused to exclude any pardons for Flynn, Manafort, and for a short while, even Cohen. The report mentions at least two cases where the White House has given poor information to the public on the state of these talks and denied that the topic of the pardon was ever discussed.
These statements and the return channel talked to lawyers about how Trump would take care of "people" who did not cooperate with Müller in the investigation of the obstacles. Mueller concluded that Trump "intends to encourage Manafort not to cooperate with the government," and Trump wanted Manafort to "think he could get a pardon."
This all came at a critical time. Manafort threw out a plea deal, which he eventually struck with Muller's team. But while Manafort allegedly supported the investigation, he was lying at the center of some investigation into possible coordination with Russia on some issues, and prosecutors later said he was not much help.

Despite the public proposals, Trump has not granted a pardon to all Müller defendants. Manafort arrived in a federal prison in Pennsylvania last week and is expected to be released in 2024.

Russian hacks and WikiLeaks

Russian hacks and Wikileaks

Donald Trump

What Donald Trump said:

In an interview with Fox News on December 11, 2016, Trump falsely claimed that US intelligence would not know who was responsible for the election campaigns against Democrats. He said, "You have no idea if it's Russia or China or someone, it could be someone sitting in a bed somewhere, I mean, they have no idea." Trump said so, even though US intelligence had publicly blamed the Russian government for the hacks.

What the report says:

The report describes how the US government blamed Russia publicly for some of the hacks two months before Trump. The report also notes that Trump said that shortly thereafter, "the press reported that US intelligence had concluded that Russia had interfered with last month's presidential election to support Donald Trump's white-collar election Reinforce house. " This article was confirmed in January 2017 soon public report by US intelligence agencies on Russian interference.

Despite overwhelming evidence supported by the report, Trump himself has never clearly stated that he accepts that the Russian government intervened in the 2016 election, hacked the Democrats and tried to give his campaign a political boost.

Mueller has highlighted this in the report. He noted that despite public statements by US intelligence agencies, Trump claimed that they had "no idea if it is Russia" who hacked. The report concludes once and for all that Russia meddled "in a sweeping and systematic way".
Trump has repeatedly publicly questioned or rejected these conclusions about hacking Russians – even at the Helsinki Summit alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin
The report also describes how Jerome Corsi, a conservative author and conspiracy theorist, co-wrote Connections to Trumps Orbit, provided poor information in his interviews with investigators. (Mueller said he found little affirmation of Corsi's claims to what he did on the day the Access Hollywood tape came out and showed Trump the way he used to talk about women.) Last year, Corsi, Mueller said offered him a plea for lying but he says he denied the deal, kept his innocence and was not charged by Mueller.
Trump and his allies danced for two years on the question of Russian interference. They downplayed and veiled the effects of the Russian operation and teamed up with WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that published many of the hacked democratic messages. The report quashes all questions about Russia's role in the 2016 elections.

Other Minorities

The Mueller Report also documents a lie about abandoned cash payments to women allegedly doing business with Trump and a false declaration to the public [19659007] about the former Trump Campaign Advisor Carter Page.

In a case quoted by Mueller, Cohen told the public in February 2018 that Trump was not part of the hush-money payments. Cohen, however, had discussed it with Trump.
These false claims became a guilty plea by Cohen for related crimes in 2018 in a case brought by prosecutors in New York.
In einem weiteren Beispiel einer Lüge in einem Moment der Prüfung schrieb Mueller, die Trump-Kampagne habe den Journalisten gegenüber Carter Page erklärt, Carter Page habe "keine Rolle" in ihrer Organisation. Das Datum war der 23. September 2016 und Yahoo! Nachrichten hatten berichtet, dass Page wegen Ermittlungen mit hochrangigen russischen Vertretern über US-Politik untersucht wurde. Am selben Tag diskutierten die Mitarbeiter der Kampagne Jason Miller, Steve Bannon und Stephen Miller über E-Mail-Pläne, um Page aus der Kampagne zu entfernen, bemerkte Mueller, und am nächsten Tag wurde er entfernt.

CNNs Sam Fossum, Ellie Kaufman, Caroline Kelly, Holmes Lybrand, Nicky Robertson, Brian Rokus, Em Steck und Tal Yellin trugen zu diesem Bericht bei.


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