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Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
The Mueller Report Is Much Worse for Trump Than Barr Let On  —  IF PRESIDENT DONALD Trump isn't guilty of obstruction of justice, who ever could be?  Special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report, made public Thursday in redacted form, outlined over nearly half of those pages …
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George T. Conway III / Washington Post:
George Conway: Trump is a cancer on the presidency.  Congress should remove him.  —  George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York.  —  So it turns out that, indeed, President Trump was not exonerated at all, and certainly not “totally” or “completely,” as he claimed.
New York Times:
The Mueller Report Is 448 Pages Long.  You Need to Know These 7 Key Things.  —  The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, produced a report of more than 400 pages that painted a deeply unflattering picture of President Trump but stopped short of accusing him of criminal wrongdoing.
Discussion: Washington Post and Roll Call
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Mueller report ropes in Senate GOP  —  The Senate GOP found itself ensnared in special counsel Robert Mueller's report Thursday, with new revelations about Sen. Richard Burr's communications with the White House and details about a GOP aide's quest to obtain Hillary Clinton's emails.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks on the Release of the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election  —  Good Morning.  Thank you all for being here today.  —  On March 22, 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation …
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
The Mueller Report Is an Impeachment Referral  —  The redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report released on Thursday runs 448 pages.  But its most important implication can be summarized in a single sentence: There is sufficient evidence that President Donald Trump obstructed justice to merit impeachment hearings.
Washington Post:
The Mueller report is the opposite of exoneration  —  THE REPORT of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is not what the American public had been led to expect.  As Attorney General William P. Barr said last month, the special counsel found little evidence of a coordinated plot between Russia …
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Analysis: Mueller paints a damning portrait of the president  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — To Donald Trump, the start of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation looked alarmingly like the end of his presidency.  So he tried to stop it.  —  His months-long effort pushed the boundaries …
Discussion: KATC-TV
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
A Lucid Portrait of an Untrustworthy Presidency  —  Mueller's inquiry hasn't undermined Trump.  Trump undermines himself, with help from his aides.  —  President Donald Trump was worried about the wrong thing.  —  Among the more colorful revelations of the Mueller report was Trump's reaction …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Mueller's report paints a damning portrait of Trump's presidency  —  The Trump presidency long has been an exercise in normalizing extraordinary behavior, with President Trump repeatedly stretching the limits of what is considered appropriate conduct by the nation's chief executive.
Washington Post:
Mueller report findings: Mueller rejects argument that Trump is shielded from obstruction laws  —  President Trump, upon first learning of the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, cursed and declared, “this is the end of my presidency,” according to the redacted 400-page report …
CNN:
The Mueller report is shocking  —  (CNN)After a news conference by Attorney General William Barr, Congress and the public can access a redacted version of the Mueller report.  Commentators will weigh in here throughout the day with smart takes on the Mueller report.  The views expressed in this commentary are theirs.
Discussion: The Federalist, Slate and ThinkProgress
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Robert Mueller Did Not Merely Reject the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories.  He Obliterated Them.  —  The two-pronged conspiracy theory that has dominated U.S. political discourse for almost three years - that (1) Trump, his family and his campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia …
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Mueller completely dropped the ball with obstruction punt  —  The most remarkable thing about special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report is how blithely the prosecutor reversed the burden of proof on the issue of obstruction.  —  To be sure, President Trump's conduct outlined on this score isn't flattering, to put it mildly.
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Mueller Exposes Erik Prince's Lies About His Rendezvous with a Top Russian  —  The Blackwater founder repeatedly misled Congress about his infamous meeting in the Seychelles.  What happens to the Trumpworld associate now?  —  Erik Prince, the Trumpworld associate and founder …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Mueller report suggests the ‘fake news’ came from Trump, not the news media
Discussion: CNN, Washingtonian and RedState
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:   My book report on ‘The Mueller Report’
Noah Bookbinder / New York Times:
Mr. Mueller's Damning Report
Discussion: USA Today
Kim Wehle / The Bulwark:
Six Preliminary Takeaways from the Mueller Report
Discussion: Law & Crime
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dems run from impeachment post-Mueller
Discussion: Fox News, CNN and The Gateway Pundit
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Dear Democrats: Mueller Just Handed You a Road Map for Impeachment. Follow It.
Discussion: Vox, Washington Post and The Bulwark
Kristine Phillips / USA Today:   Trump campaign was an eager beneficiary of Russian election help, Mueller report concludes
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
The Ways William Barr Misled The Public About The Mueller Report
Discussion: Daily Wire and emptywheel
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Congress Should Impeach William Barr
New York Times:   Mueller Left Open the Door to Charging Trump After He Left Office
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
All the Mistakes Mueller Made in Declining to Prosecute Donald Trump Jr.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:   This Is What Obstruction Looks Like
ABC News:
Mueller report highlights: Read the top moments from the 448-page report
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What Attorney General Barr buried, misrepresented or ignored in clearing Trump
Wall Street Journal:
The Mueller Report by the Numbers
Discussion: Breitbart
emptywheel:
Mueller's Language about “Collusion,” Coordination, and Conspiracy
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Los Angeles Times:
Mueller report suggests Congress should judge whether Trump obstructed justice
Discussion: Boing Boing
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Directed Campaign Associates to Find Hillary Clinton's Emails, Mueller Report Says
NBC News:   Trump campaign planned for WikiLeaks dump, tried to acquire Clinton emails, Mueller report finds
Tom Scocca / Hmm Daily:
Bret Stephens Did Something to Ilhan Omar's Quote  —  The Worst Thing We Read This Morning™ While We Weren't Listening to the Barr Report  —  Bret Stephens, the New York Times opinion columnist and expert on proper journalistic behavior, wrote a column to join in the condemnation …
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Ilhan Omar, Harbinger of Democratic Decline?
Washington Post:
The National Enquirer is being sold for $100 million to James Cohen, CEO of Hudson News  —  The supermarket tabloid, along with two sister publications, will be purchased by the head of the travel retailer known for its airport newsstands, according to people familiar with the agreement.
 
 
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