Robert Mueller’s investigation imprisons Paul Manafort, comes to an end

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Robert Mueller’s investigation imprisons Paul Manafort, comes to an end

Megan A. '20, Writer

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On March 13, Paul Manafort was sentenced to a 7.5 year prison sentence in Washington, D.C. He was charged by a 16-count grand jury for mortgage fraud and falsifying business records according to The Washington Post. This prison sentence brought an end to Robert Mueller’s infamous legal battle against Manafort. It is also the longest prison sentence from Mueller’s investigation over the past two years. Mueller gave his final report to the new Attorney General William Barr. Barr has not released it, but said to the public the investigation over.

On May 17, 2017, Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensein to lead a special council which would investigate Russia’s possible interference with the 2016 presidential election and if President Donald Trump had colluded with them in any way. A special counsel has the powers of an attorney, and is employed by a state or a political division to assist in a case when the public interest requires it. Since he was appointed, Muller’s investigation produced 199 criminal charges, 37 guilty pleas and five prison sentences according to Axios. On July 14, 2017, Mueller’s investigation took a turn as he surveyed President Trump for the first time for possible obstruction of justice.

“I think everyone deserves to see the full report,” Khrizima S. ‘20 said.

On March 27, 2019, Barr sent a summary to Congress after he viewed the report. He wrote, ” [Mueller’s report] does not conclude that the President committed a crime; it also does not exonerate him.” The majority of Trump’s aides were indicted or convicted of crimes according to The New York Times and a majority of the cases were for lying to federal investigators or Congress. On April 9, Barr said he will release a summarized version of Mueller’s report “within a week.” He also came to the conclusion that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

Although a small portion of the report will be released, many people in the nation are demanding to see the full report.

“The American people have been left with many unanswered questions, serious concerns about the process by which you formulated your letter and uncertainty about when we can expect to see the full report,” Democratic Representative of New york José E. Serrano said.