Thursday is going to be a total s–tshow.
The redacted Mueller Report is going to be released in the morning.
Remember all those reporters and Dems who were furious that Attorney General Bill Barr was able to draft a four-page summary of the Report’s conclusions in just two days. (He received the report on March 22, and released the summary on March 24, 2019)
Guess how long it is going to take those reporters and Democrats to issue a summary of the 400-page findings (not just conclusions)? Two minutes.
It’s going to be like the day the first Obamacare decision was released, with people carrying copies running to the cameras to get the first take on air.
And they will get it wrong.
I may be too generous in thinking they will wait two minutes. We all know that the articles already are drafted, in multiple versions, most of which focus on this hot take:
BREAKING — MUELLER REPORT REVEALS KEY DETAILS LEFT OUT OF BARR SUMMARY
Well of course, by definition a four-page summary of conclusions leaves out details from a 400-page report. That’s why it’s called a summary.
Here’s another pre-written hot take:
BREAKING — MUELLER REPORT WILL FEED CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION
Well of course. You know what else feeds Democrat calls for an impeachment investigation? The sun rising and setting.
BREAKING — MUELLER REPORT HEAVILY REDACTED, RAISING ISSUES OF TRANSPARENCY
The law requires that certain information be redacted. Barr has announced it will be redacted in conjunction with a review by Mueller. The redaction of the document is not news.
BREAKING — DEMOCRATS CALL FOR RELEASE OF FULL UNREDACTED MUELLER REPORT
Demanding something they know they cannot get will keep the issue alive, and allow conspiracy theories to flourish.
BREAKING — MUELLER REPORT FAILS TO RESOLVE ISSUE OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
We know that. Barr mentioned Mueller’s non-conclusion when Barr also announced that he and Rod Rosenstein concluded there was no obstruction of justice:
After making a “thorough factual investigation” into these matters, the Special Counsel considered whether to evaluate the conduct under Department standards governing prosecution and declination decisions but ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment. The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion – one way or the other – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction. Instead, for each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the Special Counsel views as “difficult issues” of law and fact concerning whether the President’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction . . The Special Counsel states that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
I could go on and on. It’s all so predictable.
You know what the media will treat as non-news when the report is released? Mueller concluding:
“[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
Of course, we will cover the release of the report on Thursday morning. But we promise to be more patient in our analysis. We will take at least 5 minutes.DONATE
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