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Excerpt: "The report of the special counsel Robert Mueller leaves considerable space for partisan warfare over the role of President Trump and his political campaign in Russia's interference in the 2016 election."

Red Square in Moscow, Russia. (photo: AfricaPatagonia)
Red Square in Moscow, Russia. (photo: AfricaPatagonia)

The Mueller Report and the Danger Facing American Democracy

By The New York Times Editorial Board

20 April 19

A perceived victory for Russian interference poses a serious risk for the United States.

he report of the special counsel Robert Mueller leaves considerable space for partisan warfare over the role of President Trump and his political campaign in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. But one conclusion is categorical: “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.”

That may sound like old news. The Justice Department’s indictment of 13 Russians and three companies in February 2018 laid bare much of the sophisticated Russian campaign to blacken the American democratic process and support the Trump campaign, including the theft of American identities and creation of phony political organizations to fan division on immigration, religion or race. The extensive hacks of Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails and a host of other dirty tricks have likewise been exhaustively chronicled.

But Russia’s interference in the campaign was the core issue that Mr. Mueller was appointed to investigate, and if he stopped short of accusing the Trump campaign of overtly cooperating with the Russians — the report mercifully rejects speaking of “collusion,” a term that has no meaning in American law — he was unequivocal on Russia’s culpability: “First, the Office determined that Russia’s two principal interference operations in the 2016 U.S. presidential election — the social media campaign and the hacking-and-dumping operations — violated U.S. criminal law.”

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For months a stream of media reports have warned of coordinated propaganda efforts targeting political websites based in the U.S., particularly in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

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+8 # futhark 2019-04-20 21:42
The truth appears to be that the insider leadership of the Democratic Party "hoisted its own petard" by working overtime to promote Hillary Clinton at the expense of more progressive candidates, particularly Bernie Sanders. The Russians were doing the dirty work of probing through the Clinton emails. The Trump campaign only had to remain alert and take advantage of every move the Democrats made detrimental to the Clinton campaign. This may seem unsporting, but it is apparently not illegal.

The prevention of another farcical election process involves moving forward on many fronts.

1. Improve the security of information crossing the Internet.

2. Democrats need to be sure that their next candidate for the presidency is selected in an open democratic process, with no backroom shenanigans.

3. Continue to challenge the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, which has made the elective process almost superfluous, as big money backed candidates like Trump are virtually buying their offices.

4. Abolish the anti-democratic Electoral College or pass state legislation in which the electoral votes go to the national majority winner.

Let's work together to promote a sensible party platform that addresses the very real problems of environmental protection, medical insurance, human rights, world peace, education, housing, and infrastructure in a set of rational and economical plans and programs.
+17 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2019-04-20 22:15
There is an old saying about not being able to make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear. For one such as Donald Trump, there is no way to demonstrate to him the damage to HIS country, the land of HIS birth, that he is allowing on his watch as President of the United States. The man simply cannot comprehend that by “just” making himself, his family, and his friends a lot of money, that he is damaging, possibly beyond repair, the United States of America.

What this unavoidable truth means is that every person in America that DOES understand the import of these last few years MUST rise up, call out the treason these acts represent, and join in the revolution that has been forming since 2016. If we who love the principles that were responsible for the formation of the United States do not stand to defend her, she WILL be lost. The “great experiment” will have failed.
+11 # wrknight 2019-04-20 23:08
Fear of the Russian boogeyman is child's play. As someone once said, "Yeah verily, I have walked through the valley of the shadow and there I saw much more to fear than such picayune things as evil".

Indeed, there's much more to fear right here at home. The most imminent is the nightmare of another Trump victory and the end of our democracy (such as it is). The second and even worse nightmare is global warming accompanied by a catastrophic environmental collapse. The risk of the latter will be infinitely greater if the first nightmare becomes real.
+2 # 2019-04-24 01:00
what nobody seems to want to face is that trump has been owned by the russians since at least the 1990s, when he began laundering money for the oligarchs. maybe that's what's redacted.

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