Special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report into the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election didn’t find sufficient evidence to charge anyone involved in President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign with conspiracy to influence the election.
Mueller identified two separate Russian interference efforts: an online disinformation effort spearheaded by a firm called the Internet Research Agency, and a targeted campaign that waged cyber attacks on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Those attacks obtained DNC and Clinton campaign materials later disseminated to the public by WikiLeaks.
The report concluded that even though Russia sought to advance its interests by interfering in the 2016 election — which the Trump campaign believed they would benefit from — “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia indicted three Russian companies and 34 people, including eight Americans affiliated with the Trump campaign or administration.
There are now more than 101 known points of contact between the Trump campaign and Russian-government linked people or entities, including 23 meetings or calls.
Sixteen Trump campaign officials are known to have had direct contact with a Russian government official or a Russian-linked operative, and at least an additional nine campaign officials were aware of these contacts.
Trump campaign officials had meetings, calls, and digital correspondence with high-level Russian government officials, billionaires linked to Putin, an accused Russian spy, and hackers enlisted by Russian intelligence to meddle in the 2016 elections.