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Notes on the Mueller Report: A Reading Diary

Thursday I surveyed the entire Mueller report; I read some sections carefully; I skimmed others. My job was to anchor Lawfare’s initial coverage, so I needed to have a sense of the big picture, as well as detailed knowledge of certain findings and arguments. Starting Friday,...

The Special Counsel’s Constitutional Analysis

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report spans more than 400 pages. In a 12-page section near the end of the thick volume, Mueller tackles a critical question: Can the federal obstruction of justice statute apply to the president? The first element of the report’s analysis focuses on...

What the Mueller Report Tells Us About Russian Influence Operations

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Order from Chaos. The redacted Special Counsel report released this morning confirms that the Russian government, through various proxies, carried out a multi-pronged campaign against the United States before, during, and after the 2016 election. That campaign involved three distinct elements: A...

Appendix: Instances of Obstruction in the Mueller Report

This is an appendix to Lawfare's initial analysis of the Mueller report, listing instances of obstruction as described in the report. Read the analysis here. The first episode of possible obstruction of justice the report discusses is Trump’s conduct involving his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn,...

Full Text of the Mueller Report's Executive Summaries

Editor’s Note: Below are the executive summaries of the two volumes of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report. Volume I deals with links between Russia and the Trump campaign, while Volume II deals with potential obstruction of justice by President Trump. This article is available in audio format...

Document: The Mueller Report

On Thursday, Attorney General Bill Barr released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the findings of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and related matters. Read a searchable version of the report at this link. Lawfare will post the...

Where Trump’s Veto Leaves the Yemen Resolution

Late in the evening on Apr. 16, President Trump informed the Senate that he was officially vetoing S.J. Res. 7, the joint resolution that many hoped would bring an end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led military intervention against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Trump’s veto almost...