The Mueller Report Is Out: How We Got Here

Viraj Shankar

After two years of blockbuster headlines, partisan in-fighting, and a heated war of words, the Mueller Report has been released.

For nearly two years, Robert Mueller, former Director of the FBI, had been investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as the possibility of obstruction of justice committed by President Trump. Mueller submitted his full report to the then newly-minted Attorney General, William Barr back on March 24.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller back in May of 2017 after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating ties between Trump and Russia.

Mueller has been the subject of much criticism, with Trump frequently decrying the investigation as a “witch hunt”. Many Republicans in Congress have also expressed skepticism with the Investigation, saying that it has gone on for too long. Democrats have countered the attacks made by Republicans, stressing the necessity of completing a fair and impartial investigation in order to bring justice. The report has led to heightened tensions between the Democratic and Republican Parties.

The investigation has led to numerous indictments, including Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Trump’s political consultant, Roger Stone. It has also resulted in the indictments of 13 Russian Nationals, who have been accused of meddling the 2016 US Presidential Election through disregarding criminal laws.

Around 2 weeks ago, Barr submitted a 4 page summary of the findings, in which he stated that there was no attempted collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Barr also made the determination that the President did not obstruct justice, though Mueller himself denied coming to any conclusion himself.

Now, as the Mueller Report is released, many are left to wonder: What’s next?