A new version of the Mueller report reveals the Special Counsel wanted to charge Donald Trump Jr. with computer crimes for – *checks notes* – accessing an anti-Trump website with a publicly available password.
BuzzFeed News obtained the new Mueller documents from the Justice Department after they filed a FOIA lawsuit seeking unredacted passages.
Wikileaks privately messaged Don Jr. a guessed password to access the anti-Trump website “putintrump.org” during the 2016 election, however Mueller declined to prosecute since the password was also publicly posted to Wikileaks’ Twitter account.
Mueller was unable to charge Don Jr. with a misdemeanor “computer intrusion” because his team would likely be unable to prove “Don Jr. acted to further any crime or tort or that he obtained information valued at more than $5,000.”
In other words, this new version of the garbage pile “Mueller report” further confirms President Trump, Don Jr. and other Trump associates are innocent.
BuzzFeed News reported:
The Department of Justice released a new version of the Mueller report Friday afternoon that reveals for the first time that former special counsel Robert Mueller considered charging Donald Trump Jr. with a misdemeanor “computer intrusion” crime for accessing an anti-Trump website using a password he obtained from WikiLeaks.
The previously undisclosed passages of the document that relate to Trump Jr. say that Mueller considered whether the then-president’s son should be charged with a misdemeanor under a section of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization.
“The conduct at issue was Trump Jr.’s use of a password, supplied to him by WikiLeaks in a Twitter direct message, to access the website ‘putintrump.org’ in September 2016,” the unredacted passage said.
“In this instance, Trump Jr. accessed the website shortly before it went public using a ‘guessed’ password that, although it was sent to him individually, had also been posted by WikiLeaks to its public Twitter account, such that anyone following WikiLeaks could have gotten the same preview of the website that Trump Jr. did,” the newly unredacted passage of the report said.
The report continued: “That fact, among others, would make it difficult to prove that Trump Jr. acted to further any crime or tort or that he obtained information valued at more than $5,000 — which are the kind of circumstances that can trigger felony punishment under the statute. Given that Trump Jr. did not himself initiate the plan to access the website or guess the password, the absence of evidence that his acts caused any damage to the website or obtained valuable information, the technical nature of the violation, and the minimal punishment that a misdemeanor conviction could be expected to carry in these circumstances, the Office decided against pursuing charges.”