Some research notes from The Mueller Report characterize Trump’s “dishonesty”
“Collusion,” as defined by the Complete Wordfinder is “a secret understanding, especially for a fraudulent purpose.” The word has been heard over and over again since Donald Trump took over the 45th presidency. The term was repeated endlessly by Trump himself after the announcement forwarded by Attorney General William Barr who was the first recipient of the special counsel’s report under Robert Mueller.
In other words, the aforesaid announcement by Barr meant Trump “had committed no crimes in his dealings with Russia or his attempts to influence the investigation.” One look at the RealClearPolitics’ aggregate poll however, did not show an increase in the president’s approval rating. Before the Barr announcement arrived, Trump’s rating was 43.1 percent. Right after the awaited Mueller findings, the rating was 43.2 percent.
How did the American people relate to the much-awaited Mueller report? Does the 1 percent make any difference at all?
Legal analysts’ voiced their commentary on the aggregate poll:
- “This shouldn’t really be surprising. At this point, most Americans are set in their opinion of Trump and aren’t about to change their minds, no matter what happens.”
- “There is absolutely no ‘high support’ that could be attributed by the polls. On several occasions, some huge news summaries would suggest a ‘turning point’ in the 45th presidency.”
- “The approval rating has had a pretty much ceiling, always marked at the low 40s.”
- Research data on “all other modern presidents have seen approval ratings climb above 60 percent during their first term.”
The Mueller report has been published. “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.”
Trump denied that Putin and Russia wanted him to win. Mueller writes: “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.”
Trump said he had no business ties with Russia. But Mueller writes: “Between 2013 and June 2016, several employees of the Trump Organization, including then-president of
the organization, Donald J. Trump, pursued a Moscow deal with several Russian counterparties.”
Trump and his team said former FBI Director James Comey was fired because of his handling of the Clinton email investigation. Mueller writes: “The White House maintained that
Comey should be discharged for mishandling the Hillary Clinton email investigation. But the president had decided to fire Comey before hearing from the Department of Justice.”
Trump wasn’t forthcoming –especially early on—about that June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians. Mueller writes: “On several occasions, the president directed aides
not to publicly disclose the emails setting up the June 9 meeting, suggesting the emails would not leak and that the number of lawyers with access to them should be limited.”
Commentaries have been published. The general opinion has been heard: “Almost every step of the way–during the campaign, during the investigation itself– the president and his allies weren’t being honest with the American people.”
Outside of the questions on obstruction of justice and conspiracy/coordination/collusion, a question has been greatly underscored: Isn’t this dishonesty one of the biggest storylines in reference to this entire Russia episode?