But what we know for sure from the Attorney General's summary of the report is that a Russian organization, known as the Internet Research Agency, or IRA, conducted a disinformation campaign and social media operation in the U.S. designed to sow social discord in the lead up to the 2016 Presidential Election.
"It keeps getting weirder and weirder," said James, whose unwitting involvement is all documented on his Facebook page. "I think for a fact the main point of emphasis was to undermine the American political system."
The suspected Russian trolls contacted James in the summer of 2016 to organize a rally in the throes of the Charlotte riots over the police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.
“It makes activists more suspicious, more skeptical of the issues that they’re fighting for.” — Raleigh activist Conrad James on #MuellerReport findings that he and other US activists were duped by Russian operatives into participating in protests to sow social discord. #abc11 pic.twitter.com/6M1VLN8ybZ— Joel Brown (@JoelBrownABC11) March 26, 2019
James believes the Russians were using rallies like this to enhance African-American distrust of government and police to make them less likely to vote.
"This could have been used to circumvent or cause apathy amongst the black community," James said. "(The Russians) actually covered both sides. They had "Muslims for Trump." But they also had the "NRA for Hillary Clinton."
"We can never let this happen to another president again," President Trump told reporters from the White House Monday as he celebrated Mueller's conclusion that neither he nor anyone on his campaign colluded with Russia in the election meddling.
But, activists like James worry about the real-life impacts it may have in his world of organizing for social justice: "It makes more activists more suspicious, more skeptical of the issues that they're fighting for."