Speed Reads

Mueller Time

Much of Mueller's report is already laid out for anyone to read. The cumulative story is pretty amazing.

There has been lots of speculation about what Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report will reveal, when he will submit it, and how much of his investigation's findings about Russian interference in the 2016 election will be made public. But "Mueller's report is, to some significant degree, already out," Philip Bump argues at The Washington Post, and "President Trump has benefited enormously from the frog-in-hot-water nature" of the investigation, the drip-drip of indictments, guilty pleas, and convictions hiding the accumulated heat of the widespread malfeasance and criminality.

Mueller's aggregate filings contain "a broad description of criminal activity that overlaps at only one point: Involvement in the 2016 election," Bump says. Since few people have actually read through the thousands of pages of court documents Mueller has produced, The Associated Press' Chad Day and Eric Tucker did if for us, weaving the filings into a narrative explaining what Mueller has hidden in plain sight.

Mueller has documented "a sophisticated election interference operation carried out by the Kremlin" to help Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton, "followed a GOP campaign that embraced the Kremlin's help and championed stolen material to hurt" Clinton, "and ultimately, he revealed layers of lies, deception, self-enrichment, and hubris that followed," AP recounts.

Mueller's team has not indicted anyone in the Trump family, at least not yet, but you can read the story of he has revealed — from the 2014 genesis of Russia's interference, "in a drab, concrete building in St. Petersburg, Russia," where the Internet Research Agency troll farm hatched its elaborate plan to hijack the election, to a Trump campaign run by someone with "a hardened adherence to committing crimes and lack of remorse" (as Mueller writes of Manafort in his latest filing), to Roger Stone's efforts to harness Clinton-adjacent emails stolen by a second Russian campaign, and the series of damning post-inauguration lies — at The Associated Press.