Attorney General William Barr has already released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to Congress and the public.
According to some reports, it’s been alleged that Russian agents who favored Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy harnessed several of the major players of America’s tech industry in an effort that was far more extensive than originally understood.
Allegedly, Russian efforts included an attempt to suppress the votes of African-Americans.
There were literally millions of posts from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube created by the Internet Research Agency, the St. Petersburg-based firm run by a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin whose key executives have been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller on charges of defrauding the United States.
Special Counsel Mueller found that the Internet Research Agency set out in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, in part by inflaming right-wing conspiracy theories and seeking to engender distrust among — and suppress the vote of — left-leaning groups, including African-Americans.
The Russians set up 30 Facebook pages targeting black Americans, and 10 YouTube channels that posted at least 571 videos related to police violence against African-Americans. Apparently YouTube was not correct when it said in a statement last year that Russian content did not target a segment of U.S. society, the researchers concluded.
The special counsel spent close to two years investigating attacks on the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians behind it.
Mueller also was tasked with exploring “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”
Democrats have been calling for the Justice Department to promptly publish the entire report and to do so without any of the redactions to lawmakers, however, Attorney General Barr has said that there is certain information which must be removed or redacted in order to protect grand jury material, intelligence sources and methods and ongoing investigations.
Barr has had the report since Mueller submitted it on March 22.