Dispatch May 14, 2019

OP-ED: If Mueller Didn’t Follow the Money, Congress Must

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report may be the most damning document ever released about an American president. It outlines clear efforts to obstruct justice and is a seemingly exhaustive catalogue of Trump campaign contacts with Russian actors, all while Russia waged a “sweeping and systemic” attack on our political system.

But the report barely mentions one incredibly important subject: money. Yet following the money is critical to the Russia investigation.

Money is critical to campaigns. It is why they fundraise incessantly and bombard supporters with donation requests. The most straightforward way for Russia to influence an election isn’t hacking a candidate or a social media campaign; it’s contributing financially to whomever they want to win. And yet, Mueller’s report does not say a word on whether Russia tried to financially interfere in the election.