By RAHN ADAMS
You would have enjoyed my first draft’s opening sentence about reading The Mueller Report much more than this one.
My discarded lede used the same, shall I say, colorful language that President Trump uses in various parts of the most awe-inspiring research document I’ve ever read — awesome just from a retired English teacher and former journalist’s perspective. From other viewpoints, the Report’s findings should inspire regret and trepidation among reasonable readers about what has happened to American democracy and to the Presidency over the past few years, and what could conceivably happen next.
But back to my first sentence, I figured that if the President says bad words and no one really cares, then I could say them, too. Still, unlike our President, who never descends from his bully pulpit, I decided not to be provocative just to get your attention, and not to use profanity when, instead, civility is what our divided society needs. That’s how we’ll keep Russia from succeeding again — by banding together to fight off attacks instead of letting them divide and conquer us, which is what they did in the 2016 Campaign and could do again in the 2020 Campaign.
Also, in this book report of sorts, I’ve decided to focus not on what other journalists and pundits have been discussing — sometimes inaccurately — ever since the redacted Report’s release two months ago, but on what I haven’t read or heard anywhere yet about potential “collusion,” neither in the mainstream press nor on social media. That’s not to say no one else has made these observations, just that I’m not aware of them in the reporting and commentary I’ve encountered so far.
If you’re hesitant to click the “Continue Reading” link below, rest assured that I’ll be relatively brief (my 1,600 words compared to Mueller’s 448 pages). It took me over two weeks to read The Mueller Report aloud from start to finish, but I can sum up my take on it in one sentence to save you from reading more than you might want of this, especially if you’re an unrepentant Trump supporter who still claims to be a truth-loving Christian: Donald J. Trump is a prolific liar and one of the most corrupt Presidents in U.S. history. But we already knew that, right? Well, now we have official documentation.