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Delivering the Mueller Report, in audiobook-style format, without political commentary. Due to the wide public interest in the "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election," this project started with the belief that quality audio of the report should be available for anyone to hear -- and not hidden behind a paywall or require a subscription.

For many of us, reading through the report page-by-page is too time consuming. This is the report, available piece-by-piece, for anyone to access it and listen in manageable portions.

This podcast is not affiliated with or connected to the Special Counsel or the investigation.
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In the coming weeks, Robert Mueller's "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election" is expected to be released. In the meantime, until the final report is available, we will provide the audio from documents surrounding the report. Recently, U.S. Attorney General William Barr provided a four-page report providing the principal conclusions reached by the special counsel. The letter is dated March 24, 2019, and is addressed to Senator Lindsey Graham, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Congressman Doug Collins.   Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com   Music by Lee Rosevere
The final subsection of Volume 2 is merely one paragraph on page 182 from the report and restates what was in the Introduction and Executive Summary, "While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." The podcast closes out with thanks to our Executive Producers and Associate Producers who initially helped to support this effort as well as others who helped provide value to this effort in some way. Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 2 of 2 from Section III. Legal Defenses to the Application of Obstruction-of-Justice Statutes to the President. This subsection of Volume 2, pages 168-182, explores how constitutional tension is reconciled through separation-of-powers analysis when the President's official actions come into conflict with the prohibitions in the obstruction-of-justice statutes. Constitutional Defenses to Applying Obstruction-Of-Justice Statutes to Presidential Conduct (0:09) The Requirement of a Clear Statement to Apply Statutes to Presidential Conduct Does Not Limit the Obstruction Statutes (1:56) Separation-of-Powers Principles Support the Conclusion that Congress May Validly Prohibit Corrupt Obstructive Acts Carried Out Through the President's Official Powers (7:29) The Supreme Court's Separation-of-Powers Balancing Test Applies In This Context (8:24) The Effect of Obstruction-of-Justice Statutes on the President's Capacity to Perform His Article II Responsibilities is Limited (11:54) Congress Has Power to Protect Congressional, Grand Jury, and Judicial Proceedings Against Corrupt Acts from Any Source (18:02) Ascertaining Whether the President Violated the Obstruction Statutes Would Not Chill his Performance of his Article II Duties (22:01) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 1 of 2 from Section III. Legal Defenses to the Application of Obstruction-of-Justice Statutes to the President. This subsection of Volume 2, pages 159-168, provides legal background of the obstruction-of-justice statute most readily applicable to the Special Counsel's investigation: Section 1512(c)(2) of 18 U.S.C. Legal Defenses to the Application of Obstruction-of-Justice Statutes to the President (0:29) Statutory Defenses to the Application of Obstruction-Of-Justice Provisions to the Conduct Under Investigation (2:41) The Text of Section 1512(c)(2) Prohibits a Broad Range of Obstructive Acts (4:39) Judicial Decisions Support a Broad Reading of Section 1512(c)(2) (7:58) The Legislative History of Section 1512(c)(2) Does Not Justify Narrowing Its Text (12:11) General Principles of Statutory Construction Do Not Suggest That Section 1512(c)(2) is Inapplicable to the Conduct in this Investigation (15:28) Other Obstruction Statutes Might Apply to the Conduct in this Investigation (19:42) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 12 of 12 from Section II. Factual Results of the Obstruction Investigation. The final subsection of Volume 2, pages 156-159, states that the President's actions appear to divide into two distinct phases that show a possible shift in the President's motives around the time of firing Comey. It also states that the President' s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, and was largely due to people surrounding the President declining to carry out orders. Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 9 of 12 from Section II. Factual Results of the Obstruction Investigation. This subsection of Volume 2, pages 113-120, analyzes the President's efforts to have McGahn deny that he had been ordered to have the Special Counsel removed. Note: This section contains explicit language. This is the clean version made available through most podcast outlets, so that it can continue to be available as widely as possible. The explicit version will be posted at muellerreportaudio.com. The President Orders McGahn to Deny that the President Tried to Fire the Special Counsel (0:37) The Press Reports that the President Tried to Fire the Special Counsel (1:46) The President Seeks to Have McGahn Dispute the Press Reports (3:09)  Analysis (8:50) Obstructive act (9:01) Nexus to a proceeding (12:48) Intent (14:54) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 8 of 12 from Section II. Factual Results of the Obstruction Investigation. This subsection of Volume 2, pages 107-113, provides additional evidence regarding the President's efforts to have Jeff Sessions unrecuse and take over the Russia investigation. The President's Further Efforts to Have the Attorney General Take Over the Investigation (0:08) The President Again Seeks to Have Sessions Reverse his Recusal (0:31) Additional Efforts to Have Sessions Unrecuse or Direct Investigations Covered by his Recusal (3:16) Analysis (9:00) Obstructive act (9:14) Nexus to a proceeding (10:51) Intent (11:27) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 7 of 12 from Section II. Factual Results of the Obstruction Investigation. This subsection of Volume 2, pages 98-107, focuses primarily on the communications strategy around the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, including the President's involvement around crafting Trump Jr.'s response and avoiding a proactive strategy recommended by Hope Hicks. The President's Efforts to Prevent Disclosure of Emails About the June 9, 2016 Meeting Between Russians and Senior Campaign Officials (0:08) The President Learns About the Existence of Emails Concerning the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower Meeting (0:51) The President Directs Communications Staff Not to Publicly Disclose Information About the June 9 Meeting (3:32) The President Directs Trump Jr.'s Response to Press Inquiries About the June 9 Meeting (6:04) The Media Reports on the June 9, 2016 Meeting (10:15) Analysis (14:04) Obstructive act (14:15) Nexus to a proceeding (16:35) Intent (17:15)  Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 6 of 12 from Section II. Factual Results of the Obstruction Investigation. This subsection of Volume 2, pages 90-98, discusses direction from the President, intended for Attorney General Sessions, to deliver a speech announcing limitations on the Special Counsel to limit the scope to investigating election meddling for future elections only. The President's Efforts to Curtail the Special Counsel Investigation (0:10) The President Asks Corey Lewandowski to Deliver a Message to Sessions to Curtail the Special Counsel Investigation (1:00) The President Follows Up with Lewandowski (3:47) The President Publicly Criticizes Sessions in a New York Times Interview (5:50) The President Orders Priebus to Demand Sessions's Resignation (7:24) Analysis (11:46) Obstructive act (12:02) Nexus to a proceeding (13:12) Intent (13:48) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 5 of 12 from Section II. Clean version. Factual Results of the Obstruction Investigation. This subsection of Volume 2, pages 77-90, documents the reaction of the President when he heard the Special Counsel had been appointed, his efforts to point out conflicts of interest, and steps McGahn took when he felt he had no choice but to resign his position in the administration. Note: This section contains explicit language. This is the clean version made available through most podcast outlets, so that it can continue to be available as widely as possible. The explicit version will be posted at muellerreportaudio.com. The President's Efforts to Remove the Special Counsel (0:40) The Appointment of the Special Counsel and the President's Reaction (1:58) The President Asserts that the Special Counsel has Conflicts of Interest (5:55) The Press Reports that the President is Being Investigated for Obstruction of Justice and the President Directs the White House Counsel to Have the Special Counsel Removed (11:38) Analysis (17:50) Obstructive act (18:00) Nexus to a proceeding (21:37) Intent (23:22) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 3 of 12 from Section II. Factual Results of the Obstruction Investigation. This subsection of Volume 2, pages 48-62, documents the days following the confirmation of the FBI's investigation into Russian interference and the President's reaction and the importance he placed on getting the word out that he wasn’t personally under investigation.  The President's Reaction to Public Confirmation of the FBI's Russia Investigation (0:10) Attorney General Sessions Recuses From the Russia Investigation (1:02) FBI Director Comey Publicly Confirms the Existence of the Russia Investigation in Testimony Before HPSCI (6:26) The President Asks Intelligence Community Leaders to Make Public Statements that he had No Connection to Russia (11:43) The President Asks Comey to "Lift the Cloud" Created by the Russia Investigation (16:42) Analysis (20:15) Obstructive act (20:28) Nexus to a proceeding (21:50) Intent (22:26) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 2 of 12 from Section II. Factual Results of the Obstruction Investigation. This subsection of Volume 2, from pages 24-48, offers evidence surrounding Michael Flynn's false statements about his conversations with the Russian Ambassador and the resulting FBI investigation. It provides details on President Trump's interactions with FBI Director Comey when Comey said the President asked for his loyalty. The President's Conduct Concerning the Investigation of Michael Flynn Evidence (0:08) Incoming National Security Advisor Flynn Discusses Sanctions on Russia with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (1:28) President-Elect Trump is Briefed on the Intelligence Community's Assessment of Russian Interference in the Election and Congress Opens Election Interference Investigations (5:54) Flynn Makes False Statements About his Communications with Kislyak to Incoming Administration Officials, the Media, and the FBI (8:31) DOJ Officials Notify the White House of Their Concerns About Flynn (11:41) McGahn has a Follow-Up Meeting About Flynn with Yates; President Trump has Dinner with FBI Director Comey (14:04) Flynn's Resignation (18:32) The President Discusses Flynn with FBI Director Comey (21:52) The Media Raises Questions About the President's Delay in Terminating Flynn (25:14) The President Attempts to Have K.T. McFarland Create a Witness Statement Denying that he Directed Flynn's Discussions with Kislyak (26:38)  Analysis (29:16) Obstructive act (29:25) Nexus to a proceeding (33:32) Intent (34:50) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
This section explains the basic elements that are common to most of the relevant obstruction statutes and provides definitions relevant to events discussed in Section II relating to potential issues of obstruction of justice. This episode covers the "Background Legal and Evidentiary Principles," pages 9 to 14, from Volume 2 of the "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election." Background Legal and Evidentiary Principles (0:27) Legal Framework of Obstruction of Justice (0:32) Obstructive act (2:01) Nexus to a pending or contemplated official proceeding (2:36) Corruptly (4:24) Witness tampering (4:43) Attempts and endeavors (6:14) Investigative and Evidentiary Considerations (7:20) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
This episode covers the "Introduction to Volume 2," pages 1 to 2, from Volume 2 of the "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election." This volume provides details toward whether the President had obstructed justice in connection with the FBI's Russia-related investigations. Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
While Section IV.A. looked at the contacts leading up to the election. This section of Volume 1, pages 144-173 from Section IV: Russian Government Links To And Contacts With The Trump Campaign, lists the findings from the investigation into the post-election and transition period contacts as Russian officials sought to make inroads with members of the Trump team following the election. Post-Election and Transition-Period Contacts (0:12) Immediate Post-Election Activity (0:50) Outreach from the Russian Government (1:22) High-Level Encouragement of Contacts through Alternative Channels (3:07) Kirill Dmitriev's Transition-Era Outreach to the Incoming Administration (5:23) Background (6:35) Kirill Dmitriev's Post-Election Contacts With the Incoming Administration (8:50) Erik Prince and Kirill Dmitriev Meet in the Seychelles (11:48) Kirill Dmitriev's Post-Election Contact with Rick Gerson Regarding U.S. Russia Relations (20:05) Ambassador Kislyak's Meeting with Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn in Trump Tower Following the Election (25:25) Jared Kushner's Meeting with Sergey Gorkov (28:40) Petr Aven's Outreach Efforts to the Transition Team (33:10) Carter Page Contact with Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich (38:14) Contacts With and Through Michael T. Flynn (39:56) United Nations Vote on Israeli Settlements (41:05) U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media  Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 8 of 8, the final subsection, from Section IV: Russian Government Links To And Contacts With The Trump Campaign. This subsection of Volume 1, pages 129-144, details Paul Manafort's interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime employee of Manafort's, and who the FBI assesses to have ties to Russian intelligence. Paul Manafort (0:11) Paul Manafort's Ties to Russia and Ukraine (4:05) Oleg Deripaska Consulting Work (4:44) Political Consulting Work (6:25) Konstantin Kilimnik (7:08) Contacts during Paul Manafort's Time with the Trump Campaign (9:37) Paul Manafort Joins the Campaign (9:41) Paul Manafort's Campaign-Period Contacts (11:14) Paul Manafort's Two Campaign-Period Meetings with Konstantin Kilimnik in the United States (16:27) Post-Resignation Activities (22:35) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media  Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 7 of 8 from Section IV: Russian Government Links To And Contacts With The Trump Campaign. This subsection of Volume 1, pages 127-129, briefly covers encounters with Russian Ambassador Kislyak and members of the Trump team after the Republican National Convention. Post-Convention Contacts with Kislyak (0:11) Ambassador Kislyak Invites J.D. Gordon to Breakfast at the Ambassador's Residence (0:31) Senator Sessions's September 2016 Meeting with Ambassador Kislyak (1:19) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media  Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 6 of 8 from Section IV: Russian Government Links To And Contacts With The Trump Campaign. This subsection of Volume 1, pages 123 to 127, looks at two Russia-related topics from the Republican National Convention (RNC): 1) encounters with the Russian Ambassador at RNC and 2) toning down language with regard to Russia in the Republican Party platform. Events at the Republican National Convention (0:11) Ambassador Kislyak's Encounters with Senator Sessions and J.D. Gordon the Week of the RNC (1:21) Change to Republican Party Platform (3:03) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media  Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 5 of 8 from Section IV: Russian Government Links To And Contacts With The Trump Campaign. This subsection of Volume 1, pages 110 to 123, details the events leading up to a June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower where the campaign expected to receive information damaging to Hillary Clinton. June 9, 2016 Meeting at Trump Tower (0:11) Setting Up the June 9 Meeting (2:16) Outreach to Donald Trump Jr. (2:19) Awareness of the Meeting Within the Campaign (7:36) The Events of June 9, 2016 (10:31) Arrangements for the Meeting (10:36) Conduct of the Meeting (11:43) Post-June 9 Events (15:50) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media  Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
Part 4 of 8 from Section IV: Russian Government Links To And Contacts With The Trump Campaign. This subsection of Volume 1, pages 103-110, outlines interactions with the Center for the National Interest, a D.C.-based non-profit with expertise in and connections to the Russian government. Dimitri Simes and the Center for the National Interest (0:11) CNI and Dimitri Simes Connect with the Trump Campaign (1:16) National Interest Hosts a Foreign Policy Speech at the Mayflower Hotel (4:13) Jeff Sessions's Post-Speech Interactions with CNI (7:51) Jared Kushner's-Continuing Contacts with Simes (9:48) Mueller Report Audio - muellerreportaudio.com Presented by Timberlane Media  Support via PayPal: donate@timberlanemedia.com Donate with Crypto Music by Lee Rosevere
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Jo Russell

Thank you

Jul 27th
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Elizabeth Burns

Legally blind. Very grateful.

Jun 22nd
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Ashleigh Nelson

Huge thank you to Dan for doing this! I am about 20 minutes from the end and feel like I have a much better understanding of the full scope of the report. Just by being able to listen on my way to and from work I have been able to digest the whole report in just under two weeks. I truly appreciate the effort you put into making this and your dedication to keeping it free to the public. I have donated on indigogo and plan to again next paycheck. Again, huge thanks!

Jun 5th
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Dryte Pareigis

Thank you for doing this. Having a combination of the PDF and your audio has made this whole thing easier (at least slightly) to process

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