For our next meeting, Wednesday, July 24, we are reading the Mueller Report! There is a national movement underway of citizens who are reading the report ourselves, rather than relying on news reports, so we can be thoroughly informed, and be in a position to inform others, about this document of historic importance to our country. At our next meeting, we’ll discuss the contents of the report, and its implications.
I know that reading such a lengthy work may seem overwhelming. As someone who has read it, here, for what they are worth, are my thoughts on approaching it:
1. Don’t be intimidated — it’s very readable: well-written, chiefly in narrative form, clearly intended for a general readership (once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop!).
2. Contrary to what you may believe, very little of it is redacted.
3. Read the footnotes! There’s great stuff in the footnotes…
4. If you don’t have time to read all 440+ pages, read the introductions and executive summaries to both volumes, and skim the rest as much as you can.
A word about the national Mueller Book Club: this is a group of people nationwide who are reading the report and holding weekly webinars with knowledgeable people (Jamie Raskin of the House Judiciary Committee, legal scholars, for example). See below for information on joining this group — when you sign up, you’ll receive notifications about upcoming live-streamed webinars (the next one is tonight, Monday June 10th, at 8:30 p.m.). You can also watch recordings of past webinars. I highly recommend joining this group (which, by popular demand, has been extended beyond its original four-week reading period).
If you want a paper copy of the Mueller Report, don’t forget our local bookstores likely have them (last time I checked, Bookbound and Nicola’s had them in stock). Also, (assuming it hasn’t walked away), there is a paper copy available for reading at the Washtenaw County Democratic Party Office (418 W. Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti),
TO DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY OF THE REPORT, see the links below. Also see below for other resources, including the national Mueller Book Club, audio versions of the report, and (my favorite), the Mueller Report in GRAPHIC NOVEL FORM (currently being created and posted in serial fashion).
Looking forward to discussing my favorite book, Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election!
Here you can find Barbara Slate’s Mueller Report in GRAPHIC NOVEL form (which has been praised by former Federal prosecutor Joyce Vance, who is testifying before Congress RIGHT NOW THIS MINUTE as I type this!) — you can read it online, and/or order a paper copy):