Mueller Report narrated by Richland students online

 An audio podcast of the Mueller report, recorded by members of the Richland Student Media team, is available online. It was recorded as a service to the Richland community. 

 “This is a major document for our times. It is important for our community to be informed,” said Margaret Fullwood, the learning laboratory specialist with Richland Student Media. 

As the next presidential election approaches, some Americans are reflecting on the results of the 2016 election. One thing they may want to consider before voting in the 2020 election is Robert Mueller’s investigation. 

The former special counsel with the United States Department of Justice lead a two-year investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election of current U.S. President, Donald J. Trump. Mueller released his report to the public in April and, since then, it has caused controversy. 

While the president and his supporters claim the document proves that there was “No Collusion; no obstruction” involving the Russian government, some Democrats claim otherwise. 

They contend the report confirms that the Trump administration obstructed justice behind the scenes. 

Due to the sensitive nature of the report, sections have been redacted due to the risk of harm to an ongoing investigation or due to the protected status of grand jury testimony. 

The document was not intended to be a light read, so not many people have not read it in its entirety. 

The recording of the Mueller report was produced by Mike Sokolski.

“Before retiring, I worked 10 years with North Texas Reading and Taping for the Blind [also known as Reading & Radio Resource], which was an agency that recorded books and news for blind people,” Sokolski said. 

He put that experience to use in coordinating the readers for the Mueller report. Sokolski also coordinates the audio version of the Richland Chronicle each week. 

Recording the Mueller report presented some challenges for the team. 

“Almost every sentence [in the report] was attributed to the source so we chose to [reference] only the longest footnotes and left the rest available for our readers to see in the document on the website,” Fullwood said. 

For those who are interested in listening to the Mueller report, the podcast is available by section at www.richlandstudentmedia.com/mueller-report.