This is exactly what @TimothyDSnyder has been saying all along.
It draws us away from what happened.
Collusions involves two equals.
There were not two equals.
Snyder also credits Trump with (cleverly) framing the question in terms of collusion. He predicted this would ultimately allow Trump to triumphantly declare himself innocent.
A tool doesn't "colllude."
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Suppose the much smarter Russians played them like fiddles, played them for fools, pulled their strings as if they were mere puppets.
Mens Rea is complicated. Different crimes require different levels of understanding.
However . . .
I also recall the third presidential debate in Oct. 2016 when @HillaryClinton told the country that Trump was Putin's puppet.
Without seeing the evidence and the elements of specific crimes, it's not possible to say. Crimes have specific elements. Evidence is needed to support each element of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
'We were too stupid" may work in a criminal trial.
But if true, it should be (to use the popular word) "damaging" to the president.
I think the reason for burying the report is that they know darned well that "we were manipulated" will not work politically, and may even be worse than a crime.