Note: We have updated our show notes for our Mueller Report Special with articles and other sources referenced specifically in this episode: Part 2 of our discussion of the report. You can find, for instance, the Nov. 9, 2016 Facebook post by Andrea's sister Alexandra Chalupa outlining Manafort's tactics in the show notes below.
This episode picks up where we left off last week in our breakdown of the Mueller Report. (Note: we recorded this episode on April 21.) We break down the report and the probe in detail, in particular the role of Paul Manafort and who flagrantly announced his crimes and no one did anything to stop him; the constant underestimation of this transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government that spurred both the press and the Mueller probe to give them a pass; and the revelation that all fifty states were targeted and potentially compromised by Russia in 2016, despite earlier denials. We call on Mueller to testify under oath to Congress and clear up everyone’s questions.
We recap the post-election 2016 “Audit the Vote” movement, in which we along with other ordinary citizens created a viral movement in November 2016 to call for a vote audit, and were threatened and libeled in the aftermath. We discuss briefly the hijacking of this movement by Jill Stein – one of many parties tangentially linked to Russia in 2016 whose full role remains unexplored. Another underexplored topic is the role and fate of Julian Assange, who was never interviewed by Mueller, and who was arrested between the release of the Barr Memo and the Mueller Report. We recap the evolution of Wikileaks from an organization ostensibly dedicated to exposing state crimes to an authoritarian front group dedicated to abetting state crimes, including Russia’s attack on the 2016 election. We also discuss the murder of Seth Rich, the hacking of the DNC, and the social media companies who further enabled the destruction of democracy worldwide.
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Searchable PDF of the Mueller Report
Video: KPIX CBS SF Bay Area on the Mueller Report
Buzzfeed 2016 report: Election Officials Say There Is "No Basis" To Rumors That Russia Rigged The Vote For Trump
Alexandra Chalupa’s Nov. 9, 2016 Facebook post on Manafort and election hacking
Ars Technica: DHS, FBI say election systems in all 50 states were targeted in 2016
NPR: Mueller Report Raises New Questions About Russia's Hacking Targets In 2016
CNN: FBI to meet with Florida officials on election hacking detailed in Mueller report
Bloomberg: Why Did Manafort Share Trump Polling? Mueller Leaves Clues
Mueller indicts Roger Stone, says he was coordinating with Trump officials about WikiLeaks' stolen emails
Washington Post: Russian company to invest in Kentucky aluminum mill
Julia Davis on Twitter re: Rusal and Deripaska’s sanctions deal
Esquire: Surely It's a Coincidence That a Firm Tied to a Russian Oligarch Is Pouring Millions Into Kentucky
Mother Jones: Text Messages Show Roger Stone Was Working to Get a Pardon for Julian Assange
The Hill: Judge sets Roger Stone trial for early November
Video: John Dean interview with Jake Tapper of CNN
New York Times: How Barr’s Excerpts Compare to the Mueller Report’s Findings
Newsweek: Should William Barr Recuse Himself From Mueller Report? Legal Experts Say Attorney General's Ties to Russia Are Troubling
Politico: When Trump won, Putin deployed his oligarchs
Vox: The Mueller report’s collusion section is much worse than you think
Holder: Any 'competent' prosecutor could win obstruction case against Trump
Joyce Vance on the “Charging Decisions” of the Mueller Report
Julia Ioffe on Wikileaks in the Mueller Report
Video: Elizabeth Warren on Rachel Maddow
Ryan Goodman on highlights of Mueller Report analysis
Washington Post: Mueller laid out ‘thorough and compelling’ case of obstruction, but Barr decided Trump wasn’t guilty of a crime
Michael Carpenter on Manafort and Gates in the Mueller Report
Andrea on Manafort, Gates, and Manafort’s odd Nov. 4, 2016 electoral college map prediction on Twitter
Mimi Rocah: Did Trump’s Pardon Dangling Work?
Brian Klaas: Dangled Pardons clearly affected witness behavior
The Atlantic: The Mueller Report is an impeachment referral
WSJ: Trump personally directed Flynn to find Hillary Clinton’s emails
Mueller Report on Kilimnik’s “peace deal” work with Manafort
Natasha Bertrand points out email in Mueller Report saying “Putin has won”
Andrea’s thread on Trump’s search for Hillary’s emails, including with help from Cambridge Analytica’s C.E.O. Alexander Nix
Vanity Fair: Mueller Confirms: Don Jr. was Too Stupid to Collude
NBC News: Mueller mystery: What are the other 12 criminal referrals?
NBC News: Mueller report shows he chose not to charge Trump because obstruction was in plain view
Newsweek: William Barr Blasted by Legal Experts for Acting as a 'Defense Lawyer' for Donald Trump Rather Than Representing American People
Mueller report found Trump directed White House lawyer to 'do crazy s---"