No one ever changes their mind... If you exist on social media or consult any kind of news platform, you've heard that Special Counsel Robert Mueller finished his foray into possible Trump-Russia collusion and sent his final findings Friday to new Justice Department head William Barr. On Sunday, Barr sent Congress a four-page summary of Mueller's findings and then released them publicly. After years of investigation and endless media hoopla, "The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election."
People have been rushing to point out that this doesn't mean Russia is innocent of election "interference." OK. But it's also important to note that while the investigation led to criminal charges against 34 people, including six who worked for or advised President Donald Trump, "None of the Americans charged by Mueller is accused of conspiring with Russia to interfere in the election—the central question of Mueller's work," as The Washington Post pointed out yesterday. ("More than two dozen of the people charged by Mueller are Russians," the Post notes, but "because the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, they are unlikely ever to see the inside of a U.S. courtroom.") And Mueller has said he is not planning to indict anyone else as part of the investigation.