To the editor:

It has been both painful and humorous to read and watch the press coverage of the Mueller Report and Attorney General William Barr’s summary letter. It reminds me of a line from a Paul Simon song from the 1960s: "A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest."

I read the line from the report quoted in the summary letter: “The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”

Some read this as saying that their was no “collusion,” a non-existent crime, or that there was no criminal conspiracy. Logically it is extremely hard to prove a negative. For instance, you cannot prove that I didn’t get up this morning at 6 and walk around the block. You could prove that I did, but not that I didn’t.

Mueller did not say that there was no conspiracy. He did not say that there was no evidence of conspiracy. He essentially said that there was no case that could prove in court that a conspiracy existed. This is likely because of how the laws were written, how he courts have interpreted them and DOJ policy.

But maybe I just heard what I wanted to hear.

VINCE STONE

Martinsville