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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.
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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 …
New York Times:
A Portrait of the White House and Its Culture of Dishonesty  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump met with advisers in the Oval Office in May 2017 to discuss replacements for the F.B.I. director he had just fired, Attorney General Jeff Sessions slipped out of the room to take a call.
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.
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.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
How We Characterized Michael Cohen's Testimony  —  This Jan. 18, a day after BuzzFeed News reported that Michael Cohen told prosecutors that the president had directed him to lie to Congress, the special counsel's office issued a vague but forceful rebuttal of our story.
Discussion: Breitbart and Mediaite
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.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Mueller's Report Speaks Volumes  —  What's in the special counsel's findings is almost as revealing as what's left out.  —  By the fall of 2017, it was clear that special counsel Robert Mueller, as a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was too conflicted to take a detached look …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Mueller Report Won't End Trump's Presidency, But It Sure Makes Him Look Bad  —  In the most memorable scene in the most anticipated government report in recent history, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, takes us inside the Oval Office on May 17, 2017.
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:
Barr under fire for news conference that was a boon for Trump, and often featured one of his preferred terms  —  Flanked by two deputies, Attorney General William P. Barr stepped to a microphone on the Justice Department's seventh floor Thursday and spoke in the language of the president who appointed him to the job.
Discussion: Slate and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: USA Today and New York Times
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Mueller, Trump, and ‘two years of bullshit’  —  Late last month President Trump met with a group of Republican senators on Capitol Hill.  He discussed a lot of topics, but his most memorable comment came when he called Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation “two years of bullshit.”
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.
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.
Julie Pace / Associated Press:   Analysis: Mueller paints a damning portrait of the president
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:   Mueller Exposes Erik Prince's Lies About His Rendezvous with a Top Russian
Washington Post:
Paranoia, lies and fear: Trump's presidency laid bare by Mueller report
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Congress Should Impeach William Barr
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks on the Release of the Report on the Investigation …
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
In the Mueller Report, Erik Prince Funds a Covert Effort to Obtain Clinton's E-mails from a Foreign State
Discussion: Axios
Kim Wehle / The Bulwark:
Six Preliminary Takeaways from the Mueller Report
Discussion: Law & Crime
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
My book report on ‘The Mueller Report’
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Barr v. Mueller: Friends pitted against each other
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:   This Is What Obstruction Looks Like
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
All the Mistakes Mueller Made in Declining to Prosecute Donald Trump Jr.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Dear Democrats: Mueller Just Handed You a Road Map for Impeachment. Follow It.
Discussion: The Bulwark, Slate, The Daily Beast and Vox
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
The Mueller Report Is Clear: Donald Trump Repeatedly Tried to Obstruct Justice
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Politico
ABC News:
Mueller report highlights: Read the top moments from the 448-page report
Washington Post:
Mueller report findings: Mueller rejects argument that Trump is shielded from obstruction laws
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Directed Campaign Associates to Find Hillary Clinton's Emails, Mueller Report Says
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Mueller report suggests the ‘fake news’ came from Trump, not the news media
Discussion: CNN, The Guardian and Washingtonian
Washington Post:
Through email leaks and propaganda, Russians sought to elect Trump, Mueller finds
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Mueller Report: Assange Smeared Seth Rich to Cover for Russians  —  Julian Assange repeatedly blamed Seth Rich, the murdered DNC staffer, for Russia's leaks.  The Mueller report shows that Assange was lying from the start.  —  Julian Assange not only knew that a murdered Democratic National …
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?
Discussion: Splinter and Michigan Advance
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Videos appear to show armed militia detaining migrants at US-Mexico border  —  The American Civil Liberties Union is calling the actions a ‘kidnapping’ and a flagrant violation of the law  —  Armed rightwing militia members detained a large group of migrants at the US-Mexico border …
Discussion: Splinter, ThinkProgress and The Appeal
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Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Armed Vigilantes Detain 300 Asylum-Seeking Migrants, Turn Them Over to Border Officials
Discussion: Daily Mail
 
 
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