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On April 18th 2019, the Justice Department released the redacted Mueller Report to the public. The 448 page document details a story that has captured America's attention. From Russian plots to interfere in our election to constitutional questions of executive power, the Mueller Report is potentially one of the most important and consequential documents of our time. But there's a problem. Very few people have read it.


There is still so much confusion about the Report. What it says, who it implicates, and what it means for our country. At Lawfare, we are distilling the report into a multi part audio narrative series, telling you the story of what is in this document, the story Mueller wants you to understand.


We are grateful to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Democracy Fund for their support for this project.



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Part V: Russian Overtures

Part V: Russian Overtures

2019-08-1601:07:172

It’s the morning of April 25, 2016. At a hotel in London, a Maltese professor meets with a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. The two have been in touch over the past few weeks; the professor has been helping the young man connect with Russian officials. Now, over breakfast, the professor lets him in on a secret. On a recent trip to Moscow, high-level government officials told him that the Russians have “dirt” on Trump’s opponent. What was the “dirt” in question? “Emails,” he says. They have “have thousands of emails.”
As the Russians were engaged in operations to hack and dump emails, the Trump campaign and its associates were in communication with Wikileaks about the distribution of stolen materials. But that’s far from the whole story of the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia during the 2016 election. As Special Counsel Robert Mueller began to piece together the rest of that story, his investigation came to focus on two Trump Towers.The first is Trump Tower Moscow. Beginning all the way back in 2013 and through the spring of 2016, the Trump organization is pursuing a project to build a skyscraper in Russia. For a long time, the plans for Trump Tower Moscow had gone nowhere. But when Donald Trump announces he is running for president, things start to get interesting.
It’s July 27, 2016. Donald Trump has just given a press conference during which he suggests that Russia hack Hillary Clinton and release the 30,000 allegedly missing emails from her private email server. The Russians, unbeknownst to people in the United States, appear to take the request seriously and hour later begin cyber-attacking Clinton’s private office for the first time.Privately, Trump has instructions for his top aides: He repeatedly asks individuals affiliated with his Campaign to find the deleted Clinton emails too. His national security adviser, Michael Flynn, says Trump made this request repeatedly. And so Flynn acts on it, teaming up with a shadowy Republican political operative in an ill-fated attempt to track down a trove of Clinton emails from Russian hackers
Part II: Hack. Dump. Divide.

Part II: Hack. Dump. Divide.

2019-07-2600:50:5025

It's March 2016. John Podesta is sitting at his computer. He opens an email. Something’s wrong with his password, it says. It looks a little fishy, but IT says it is legit. And so he clicks. He follows the prompt. inputs his old password, resets a new one. And just like that hackers from a Russian military intelligence unit are in. It barely takes a minute, one click and a few keystrokes and there is no going back.This is Episode 2 of The Report: Hack. Dump. Divide
Part I: Active Measures

Part I: Active Measures

2019-07-1900:38:1967

It is 2014 in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the heart of the city, a small nondescript office building sits beside the Bolshaya Nevka River. Inside, workers stare at computer screens open to Facebook and Twitter, furiously typing. Their task: Sow discord, disinformation, and doubt. Their target: The United States of America. Through fake social media accounts and armies of bots, they are flooding online media with disinformation. This is a Troll Farm. It’s name: The Internet Research Agency.
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2019-07-1200:02:5213

On April 18th 2019, The Justice Department released the redacted Mueller Report to the public. The 448 page document details a story that has captured America’s attention. From Russian plots to interfere in our election to constitutional questions of executive power, the Mueller Report is potentially one of the most important and consequential documents of our time. But there’s a problem: Very few people have read it.There is still so much confusion about the Report. What it says, who it implicates, and what it means for our country. At Lawfare, we are distilling the report into a multi part audio narrative series, telling you the story of what is in this document, the story Mueller wants you to understand.
Comments (37)

Otis Jefferson

Great work!

Aug 13th
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Lukas Parker

Otis Jefferson Good!

Aug 13th
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Leigh Sheppard

the background music when wittus is quoting from the Mueller report is unbelievably annoying. all you really hear is what sounds like and annoying tap tap tap in the background unless you have the volume up so loud that you can hear the rest of the instrumentation, but then the audio is too loud. get rid of the background music were you something but doesn't have drums in it

Aug 9th
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JK Villahermosa

This is the best for understanding Muellers report. Thank you for putting the work and effort into this for us!

Aug 3rd
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Mz. Willie

JK Villahermosa Jk, I completely agree.

Aug 3rd
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Jeffrey Frick

Thank you for giving us the audio condensed version. Perfectly done

Aug 3rd
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Diane Thompson

This has been so helpful, thank you for taking the time to do this and tying everything together

Aug 2nd
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Accordionbabe

This format presents very useful background and clarification that seem to overwhelm many. This story is so dense and interrelated. All the more reason for Barr to stop behaving like Trump's toady, and let the facts speak for themselves. Thanks, Lawfare

Aug 2nd
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jersey2777

thank you for putting "the report" forward in this way..I have read pieces of what was released to the public, however in this format, with the special councils words paired with what was happening contemporaneously online & in the news media really illustrates just how entangled the last US elections were with all kind of shady operatives..AND it seems as if nothing is being done to prevent this crap from happening next year, in fact "it's happening as we sit here"-r.mueller3

Aug 2nd
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Pamela C

when wii this be updated

Jul 24th
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Heather Morrison

Pamela C ah, we all wait for update

Jul 24th
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Yama

So, how often are the episodes updated?

Jul 23rd
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Heather Morrison

Yama maybe irregular update?

Jul 24th
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Pamela C

where is the rest of the report

Jul 23rd
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Heather Morrison

Pamela C they are not updated...

Jul 24th
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Teresa Avalon

How often are the episodes? This is so helpful. I'm one of those geeks who listened to the actual report - all 18 hours. I swear, if I hear "redacted" one more time......

Jul 23rd
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Heather Morrison

Teresa Avalon yes, it's helpful

Jul 24th
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Jennifer Mercer

thank you Lawfare Blog

Jul 23rd
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Heather Morrison

Jennifer Mercer thank you

Jul 24th
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Jennifer Mercer

scary af. they all need to go down

Jul 23rd
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Bess Gray

Jennifer Mercer 😨😨😨

Jul 24th
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Clinton Anthony Johnson

This is deep! In the words of the Bard from Romeo and Juliet, "All are punished! All are punished!" Please release more before Wednesday.

Jul 23rd
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Fido Wood

Clinton Anthony Johnson :)

Jul 23rd
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Yeahaboutthat Though

Really immersive. I can't wait until the next episode.

Jul 22nd
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Jennifer Mercer

Colbert Williams please next episode asap!

Jul 23rd
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Colbert Williams

Yeahaboutthat Though waiting for the update!

Jul 22nd
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Lisa Kubiske

This series of podcasts on what the Mueller Report says is really good -- and important.

Jul 21st
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Colbert Williams

Lisa Kubiske Oh, I want to have a try!

Jul 22nd
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Angela Rosaria Cancilla

I’m confused I was led to believe this was it ? Now where /how do I get to “hear” the redacted actual, Mueller Report ?

Jul 21st
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Jennifer Mercer

Angela Rosaria Cancilla you cant see the redacted part, only unredacted. but watch the hearings tomorrow for more info

Jul 23rd
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Anthony Jackson

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

Jul 21st
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Colbert Williams

Anthony Jackson thank you!

Jul 22nd
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Drago Bacinski

I appreciate lawfare taking the time and making the effort to expose more people to the Mueller Report. SO IMPORTANT that we don't let this shit slide. thank you.

Jul 20th
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Colbert Williams

Drago Bacinski yes, I agree! thank you!

Jul 22nd
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Angela Rosaria Cancilla

It is so easy now for me to know who hasn’t read it. OMG ...even redacted it is absolutely astounding ... I can't even imagine how outrageous the unredacted report would be ! Now I am going to listen to it this time .. and again it’s SO easy to know who has actually read it and who hasn’t .

Jul 20th
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