Alex El Ghaoui (guest blogger)
With much fanfare, the Mueller Report, officially titled Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, was publicly released by the Department of Justice on April 18, 2019, after nearly two years of an FBI-led investigation spearheaded by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. The 448-page report, divided into two volumes, chronicles and affirms that the Russian Federation’s interference in the 2016 presidential election occurred “in [a] sweeping and systematic fashion” which violated United States criminal law. The second volume of the report addresses potential obstruction of justice acts conducted by President Trump’s associates and family members. Special Counsel Mueller’s investigative team did not make a legal judgement on whether to charge President Trump with a crime due to the Office of Legal Counsel’s (OLC) opinion that a sitting president cannot stand trial. However, while the investigation states that “[it] does not conclude that the President committed a crime”, “it also does not exonerate him”.
The Mueller Report’s significance cannot be underestimated. However, to the dismay of everyone who worked on it, many Americans do not seem especially enthusiastic about reading it. According to a CNN poll released on May 1, 2019, a whooping 75% of respondents had not read the report and only 3% had read it in its entirety; the poll was conducted by SSRS among a random national sample of 1,007 adults. Even more shocking is an investigation conducted by the Washington Post concluding that out of 92 congressional and Senate offices surveyed, only 60 to 65% of lawmakers had read the full report, including only 48% of Republicans. While it is understandable that everyday Americans have not had the time nor the interest in reading the report, it is quite appalling that every federal lawmaker has not made the time to do so.
Using our NLP platform, in just a few minutes, we provide a summary of top topics discussed and summaries for those “too busy” to read the full report. Summaries are provided here for Volume 1 and Volume 2.
The platform can also be used to investigate specific topics. For example, GRU is the General Staff foreign intelligence agency of the Russian Federation Armed Forces. We learn that the GRU aggressively targeted the Clinton presidential campaign. This subtopic has a strength of 43% meaning that it is discussed in almost half of the report. In the case of the Clinton Campaign, the most important sentences are
“In March 2016, the GRU began hacking the email accounts of Clinton Campaign volunteers and employees, including campaign chairman John Podesta”
“The GRU targeted hundreds of email accounts used by Clinton Campaign employees, advisors, and volunteers”
“GRU officers also sent hundreds of spear-phishing emails to the work and personal email accounts of Clinton Campaign employees and volunteers”.
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