Members of President Donald Trump’s campaign showed interest in benefiting from Russian government efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election in his favor, but investigators did not find evidence that their conduct amounted to a crime, special counsel Robert Mueller said in a long-awaited report revealed Thursday.
Investigators found that some of Trump’s aides engaged in contacts with people linked to the Russian regime even as the Kremlin was carrying out a wide-ranging effort to intervene in the election using hacked documents and phony social media campaign, carried out because the Russian government thought it would benefit from a Trump presidency.
“Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, 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 report concluded.
Note to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: this wasn’t found to be a crime…going forward it should be…no must be a crime. Time for a bipartisan veto proof bill to make this illegal.