The Mueller results
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Mueller Trump-Russia probe = 1 year. 5 guilty pleas. 35 indictments. 75 charges. 2 in jail.
Chaired by Trey Gowdy
Lasted more than 2.5 years
Costs more than $7M
No convictions, no guilty pleas, no indictments
Muller’s Russian investigation:
Has lasted for a little over 1-year
– Guilty pleas from 32 people and three companies — that we know of, including four former Trump advisers, 26 Russian nationals, three Russian companies, one California man, and one London-based lawyer. Six of these people (including now all four former Trump aides) have pleaded guilty.
If you also count investigations that Mueller originated but then referred elsewhere in the Justice Department, you can add plea deals from two more people to the list.
People who have been charged in Mueller’s investigation include:
Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman
Rick Gates, one of Manafort’s business partners
George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser
Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser
13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies
California businessman Richard Pinedo
Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer tied to Manafort and Gates
12 Russian intelligence officers
IT’S MUELLER THAT’S DRAINING THE SWAMP!
When special counsel Robert Mueller broke his silence in May, his main point was that his long-awaited report spoke for itself. But the report is 448 pages long. So Lisa Desjardins and William Brangham decided to dig into what the findings say – and what they don’t. Here, in less than 30 minutes, are all of the most important points from the Mueller report.
Robert Mueller’s use of “I take your question,” as defined by a legal expert
M. Tia Johnson, a visiting law professor at Georgetown University Law Center and former assistant secretary for legislative affairs at the US Department of Homeland Security tells Quartz that this is a standard legal response.
“‘I take your question’ is used often when the witness doesn’t know the answer to the question,” she said. It’s distinct from a straight “no” because it indicates that the answer may well be knowable, just that this witness doesn’t know it.
From a technical perspective, the answer can preserve the question for follow-up on the record. After the hearings, committee chairpersons give their colleagues a deadline for submitting additional questions based on the witness’s testimony and Mueller might be asked to provide a more substantive response.