I may be stupid, but I'm not a moron
This morning, the New York Times reports that the Mueller report exceeds 300 pages.
The still-secret report on Russian interference in the 2016 election submitted by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, last week was more than 300 pages long, according to the Justice Department, a length that raises new questions about Attorney General William P. Barr’s four-page summary.
Mr. Barr wrote to Congress on Sunday offering what he called the “principal conclusions” of the report — including that Mr. Mueller had not found evidence that the Trump campaign took part in a conspiracy to undermine the election. But he had notably declined to publicly disclose its length.
The total of 300-plus pages suggests that Mr. Mueller went well beyond the kind of bare-bones summary required by the Justice Department regulation governing his appointment and detailed his conclusions at length. And it raises questions about what Mr. Barr might have left out of the four dense pages he sent Congress.
Three-hundred pages. 3-0-0. And we’re to believe that William Barr digested the totality of the 300 pages and found just what he revealed in his 4 page summary.
As the truism holds, the cover-up is always worse than the crime. With this revelation, we’re back to a feedback loop, where the crime is awful, and the cover-up makes it worse.
This isn’t the 700-page report Judge Napolitano was going on about on Fox News. But it’s plenty bad, bad enough to raise serious questions about what’s contained in it. As the story says, this is no bare-bones report of just the facts, ma’am. A report of this length demands that it be released, so that Congress and the American people can judge for themselves.
One also has to wonder how long Barr had Robert Mueller’s report in hand. Again, the idea that he was able to compile that letter in 36 hours beggars belief. And if Bar did have the report for longer, did he tip off his boss?
William Barr is doing what he’s been hired to do: protect Donald Trump. But like all of Trump’s hires, he’s not doing a bang-up job of it. Partly this is due to Trump’s own own-goals—deciding to not defend the ACA, and the amazingly ludicrous decision to defund the Special Olympics. But from the moment that Barr released his letter, even though the bulk of the coverage was NO COLLUSION, questions were being asked. And now we know that Mueller’s report is detailed and in-depth.
Of course, at a bare minimum, what needs to happen is that Barr release the report to Congress, without allowing the White House a chance to amend it. Today the cover-up is in full view of the public. Does Barr really want to go down with the Trumptanic? I expect very little out of the man who smoothed over the Iran-Contra scandal. But Trump is a different kettle of fish. It is somewhat likely that the Mueller report lays out that Trump is in office illegitimately. At the very least, its length belies anything close to an exoneration. This is not Iran-Contra, not even close.
As always, the first news reports are chaotic and foggy. Now, a few days after Sunday, we’re getting a clearer picture. And the picture isn’t good for the Trump regime.
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