Mueller’s report can we, U.S. handle the truth?
By Richard Mathews — www.richardmathews.net
After over two years of investigation by the F.B.I. into possible Russian interference in America’s 2016 General Election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has begun to write its report on the findings of its charge which could be released to DOJ as early as the middle of February 2019.
Unfortunately, much like his Pentagon Twin Towers Bombing report that remained under “seal” until 2016, I truly doubt the American public will ever be told the nuances of the investigation under forward guidance of these items being in the national security interest. As such, let us begin our review of what the Mueller report will document from his acceptance to lead the investigation.
If you are willing to fully explore the “truth” about the implications of the charge extended by Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein in his appointment letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, you can link to the official announcement of same below.
If not I understand. I have summarized the document as follows.
Special Counsel Mueller was charged by Deputy A.G. Rosenstein to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 General Election as well as any individuals who aided Russia in said interference. Russian interference which had been universally concluded by America’s Intelligence Agencies to have occurred.
Russian interference which had been previously noted by America’s Intelligence Agencies as recently as a 2014 official United States government internal report which alleged such activity per data collected could be traced backward in time to at least America’s 2010 Mid-terms..
Russian interference which the F.B.I. had begun investigating related to the 2016 General Election after multiple sources including allies of our nation such as Australia and England alerted the United States could be occurring.
Effectively, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was asked to, “Investigate and make recommendation in charging all foes foreign or domestic who were interfering in our election process..
Had the Main Stream Media concentrated its coverage of the Mueller Investigation on this primary charge, the probe would not have divided our great nation. But once again to gain audience share and thus enhance Advertising Revenue, America’s 4th Estate risked creating a tribal Civil War.
Yes, part of Mueller’s investigation was to do the following exploring; (i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and (ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and (iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. 600.4(a). • 600.6 Powers and authority.
Subject to the limitations in the prior paragraphs, the Special Counsel shall exercise, within the scope of his or her jurisdiction, the full power and independent authority to exercise all investigative and prosecutorial functions of any United States Attorney. Except as provided in this part, the Special Counsel shall determine whether and to what extent to inform or consult with the Attorney General or others within the Department about the conduct of his or her duties and responsibilities.
Yes, Mueller’s charge can be accurately stated as broad for all who understand the implications noted within the scope of 28 C.F.R 600.4 (a.)
But is there truly one supporter of President Donald J. Trump who would not want brought to justice any individual who intentionally conspired with Russia to influence our 2016 General Election effectively committing, TREASON?
What none should forget,particularly those who support President Trump remains the guidance expressed by the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, III press release on the limitation in bringing charges recanting DOJ’s position statement of 10–16–2000,
“In 1973, the Department concluded that the indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would impermissibly undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. We have been asked to summarize and review the analysis provided in support of that conclusion, and to consider whether any subsequent developments in the law lead us today to reconsider and modify or disavow that determination. We believe that the conclusion reached by the Department in 1973 still represents the best interpretation of the Constitution.”
As such, Robert Mueller’s investigation does not have nor has ever had any intention of bringing criminal charges against President Donald J. Trump whether for potential conspiracy or obstruction of justice.
Conversely, here are the indictments which Robert Mueller’s probe have yielded to date:
Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman Manafort has pled guilty to all charges brought in two separate indictments. He is fully cooperating with the Mueller investigation. At request of the Mueller legal team, his sentencing date scheduling has been delayed until early December of 2018.
Rick Gates, one of Manafort’s business partners joined the Trump election efforts in the spring of 2016, working as Manafort’s deputy. He traveled with Trump and grew close with many top campaign officials working on the transition including being a principle in the Trump Inauguration process. Gates opted to take a plea deal in late February 2018. He pled guilty to one charge of lying to investigators and one charge of conspiracy in exchange for becoming a cooperating witness in the Mueller probe. His sentencing schedule at the Mueller team’s request has been postponed until early January of 2019.
Michel Cohen, was one of Trump’s lawyers. He pled guilty to multiple felonies including two related to Campaign Finance violations alleged at the direction of President Trump.
George Papadopoulos, was a former Trump campaign adviser. On the same day Mueller’s office announced the indictments of Manafort and Gates, it was revealed that the 30-year old Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia. He begins serving his short sentence November 26, 2018.
Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser has reportedly been at the center of Mueller’s investigation for nearly a year. On December 1, 2017, he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations in December 2016 with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. at the time, Sergey Kislyak.
13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies “The defendants allegedly conducted what they called ‘information warfare against the United States’ with the stated goal of spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general,” Rosenstein said . The charges focused on the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a notorious Russian “troll factory” that focused on sowing political discord during the 2016 US election by using internet bots to spread fake news and pro-Trump propaganda on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.
California businessman Richard Pinedo. According to the statement of offense, Pinedo ran a company called “Auction Essistance,” which offered services meant to get around the security requirements set by online payment companies like eBay, PayPal, and Amazon. Auction Essistance was shut down in December 2017.
Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer tied to Manafort and Gates. Alex van der Zwaan pleaded guilty on February 20 to one count of making false statements to federal investigators. He was also accused of misleading federal investigators about his communications with Gates.
12 Russian intelligence officers On July 13, Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee before the 2016 US presidential election. All 12 indicted are members of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence unit. The accusations against them include conspiring to interfere with the election by hacking computers, stealing documents, and releasing those documents with intent to interfere.
In October and November of 2018, when many Americans were not as engaged in following the ongoing indictments or activities of the Mueller probe the following occurred:
Elana A. Khusyanynova of St. Petersburg was charged in the Eastern District of Virginia. Ms. Khusyaynova works for Russian Oligarch Yevgency Prigoshin a close associate of Russian President Putin. Among the charges brought against her was funding a propaganda campaign with a budget of over $30 million dollars intended to disrupt the 2016 American General Election focused on social media activity.
Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks has been found to be under indictment assumed related to posting stolen information from the campaign and campaign chairman of Sec. Hillary Clinton.
Maria Butina — dubbed the Red Sparrow — has entered negotiations with the Mueller probe to avoid her indictments on multiple counts including providing illegal campaign contribution to the National Rifle Association for the purpose of supporting the candidacy of Donald J. Trump.
My friends, if you noticed a pattern in reading the above, then I have succeeded in making my point. We, the United States of America, are in a cyber version of WW III fighting to save our democracy.
This investigation is not a, “Witch Hunt or Hoax.”
In point of fact few of the indictments of Trump associates were ever truly the focus of this investigation. I would venture my opinion that to Robert Mueller, III most of the Trump affiliated individuals indicted are little more than collateral damage.
While I will not refute, the F.B.I. may have among the dozen plus indictments already known to be under seal transferred to appropriate jurisdiction of additional Trump associates perhaps even Trump family members, they were never the true target of Mueller’s investigation.
The F.B.I. does not open investigation into major political presidential campaigns because of the drunken ramblings of low level foreign policy staff. It does not open an investigation because of the boastful proclamation of individuals with the face of Richard Nixon tattooed on their back. They do not open investigation even after receiving a report on the potential conspiracy of a Presidential candidate with a foreign power from a formerly trusted source.
The F.B.I. only opens national security, “counter-intelligence investigations,” based on data collection and human intelligence confirmed by multiple sources such as our Allies, the C.I.A., N.S.A. and others.
The F.B.I. only takes point investigating such criminal actions which represent direct, chargeable violations of our criminal code.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller III and his global allies in this investigation launched the most comprehensive probe into “cyber warfare and the money laundering which funded that action in history.” They have uncovered and frozen more laundered money across the globe than any investigation in history.
This is the truth of what will be detailed in the Mueller report the public is unlikely to see. A truth which accuses the rich and powerful of overt and covert actions of criminal activity possibly including treason.
We have been lied to. Lied to be those who placed profit before the sanctity of privacy. Lied to be those who committed massive fraud. Lied to be those we once trusted.
For some odd reason it appears most Americans never realized why companies from Yahoo to Adult Friend Finder to Equifax to Target were hacked. Hacked by foreign nationals per the assessment of the F.B.I. as well as other U.S. Intelligence Agencies. To this day, America continues to hold one of those hackers in custody after his extradition to the United States by the Czech Republic. An individual, Russia continues to attempt to extradite.
In case today’s constant 24/7 news cycle has caused you to forget what has become one of the most critical areas of investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, take a look a few of the larger data breaches which have occurred.
The hundreds of millions of names, email addresses and passwords obtained were the raw data needed to create the hundreds of millions of AI — Artificial Intelligence — accounts which now exist. Hackers symbolically stole the seeds bot farms nurtured into FAKE USER ACCOUNTS.
As a two decade plus web site developer and publisher, I have watched in horror as the largely unregulated Internet became a cyber version of a World War III combat zone. The rise of bot armies, fake accounts which needed to be manually implemented was for a decade very difficult to track. That fact changed following the 2013 Yahoo data breech.
By early 2014, anyone could buy certified followers for your Web site, Facebook Page or Twitter account as three examples at prices that began to drop rapidly.
For example, for the same $1,000 which in 2014 would have bought you 5,000 Facebook and 2,500 Twitter followers, using any of multiple crypo-currencies in 2016 you could get five times that level of platform confirmed support.
Additionally, as a bonus you could for $2,500 double that support level and have the ability to instantly like your content posted by your fake users.. Effectively, anyone could by February of 2016, create Web site or Social Media accounts via nominal investment which appeared to have thousands of followers.
Effectively by early 2016 anyone could buy 10,000 Facebook followers and a combination of other followers of Social Media accounts such as 5,000 on Twitter for only $2,500 and have the power to like, share or retweet same from all.
Both Facebook and Twitter offered similar services claiming they would promote your account to attract followers. One major purchaser of their service was political campaigns. Candidates who thought they were connecting with potential voters.
Today we know, in many instances that was not the case.
By the spring of 2016 it was estimated nearly a billion fake accounts including both dumb as well as smart bots populated Social Media platforms assumed by most users to be human beings.
MIT Technology Review actually dedicated its Sept/Oct 2018 issue to the subject, “The Internet is Threatening Democracy. How do we save it?”
That publication followed multiple Intelligence publications repeating their findings contending Western Democracy was in a full-fledged cyber version of World War III facing off against Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.
In October 2018 Facebook invited the main stream media to tour its’ newly minted, “War Room.” Facebook hoped to reassure its user base that privacy issues as well as role in the Russian Interference in the 2016 General Election were being addressed. It publicly announced that over the prior twelve months over 1 Billion fake user accounts had been disabled.
Facebook’s announcement followed other Social Media platforms contentions they had rid tens of millions of fake user accounts from their platform. Unfortunately, the New York Times in November of 2018 decided to examine Facebook’s claims. An examination which offered documented proof, Facebook had ignored its fake user problem and hidden same from their Board of Directors.
The intentional or perhaps unintentional actions noted by the New York Times were not news. Two years ago, it was posted across multiple blogs a Facebook “Whistle blower” had dumped over a terabyte of data to the N.S.A. detailing Russian activity effecting America’s 2016 election process.
For years App developers to the Web Community to Academic Institutions to Think Tanks had previously noted, the Internet’s content and Social Media were under aggressive attack by Russia, China, North Korea and Iran as well as other domestic actors. This now universally accepted fact was always a driving factor in the Robert Mueller investigation.
The investigation collected terabytes worth of data from largely the FAANGS. The investigation collected several million pages of information from organizations and individuals queried. The investigation requested court approved authority to recover I.R.S. returns, SAR’s reports and electronic communications.
The investigation logged thousands of hours of individual testimony. It received the cooperation of over a dozen individuals directly related to actions under investigation. At this point in time, Robert Mueller’s investigation has the vast majority of what it needs to begin writing a report answering its charge.
While it might appear I have strayed off course in this Op-Ed let me quickly tie my premise and narrative together in closing.
Western Democracy largely created an unregulated Internet which offered hackers ease of access to information.
Western Democracy chose Free Speech over even limited restriction on content to full disclosure of source.
It ignored the consequences that A.I. enhanced propaganda sowing discord, disinformation and distrust could accomplish.
In short, hackers stole the necessary credential required to allow A.I. bots to pose as our fellow global citizens when in fact they represented an invading army. An army intent on dividing citizens against each other preying on the underlying tensions caused by income inequality as well as a rising tide of nationalism continues to attack Western Democracy.
The rise in global nationalism and to a lesser degree populism was not an organic movement. It was an orchestrated effort by those who oppose Western Democracy. Putin along with his Allies China, North Korea and Iran are winning.
It is a truth which all but guarantees the Mueller report is never read by the American public.