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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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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 …
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Australia Says It's “Ready To Confirm” A Key Meeting That Led To The Investigation Into Trump's Russia Links  —  Heavily-redacted documents released to BuzzFeed News show Australia's former high commissioner wrote a three-page cable to the United States about his London meeting with a Trump campaign adviser.
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.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Noah Bookbinder / New York Times:
Mr. Mueller's Damning Report  —  It lays out everything Congress needs to investigate the president for obstruction of justice.  —  Mr. Bookbinder is the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.  —  The final report by the special counsel Robert Mueller is devastating for the president.
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.
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
Washington Post:
Live updates: 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 …
Bloomberg:
Mueller Spells Out Trump's ‘Multiple Acts’ to Undermine Russia Probe  — Congress has authority to act on obstruction, Mueller says  — Special counsel didn't find ‘underlying crime’ on collusion  —  Robert Mueller delivered an exhaustive account of President Donald Trump's efforts …
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Dear Democrats: Mueller Just Handed You a Road Map for Impeachment.  Follow It.  —  You told us to be patient.  You told us to be cautious.  You told us to wait for Robert Mueller.  —  Well, the time for waiting is over.  And the moment for impeachment hearings has arrived.
Discussion: The Bulwark, Vox and Bloomberg
New York Times:
Mueller Left Open the Door to Charging Trump After He Left Office  —  WASHINGTON — For nearly two years, President Trump's lawyers and defenders have argued that it was impossible for him to illegally obstruct the Russia investigation, no matter his intentions, because he has full authority …
Washington Post:
The Mueller report leaves little doubt: Trump obstructed justice  —  A little over a year ago, President Trump grew so frustrated with the failure of Jeff Sessions to protect him from the Russia investigation that he exclaimed:  —  “I don't have an attorney general.”
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.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Washington Post:
Mueller report says investigators struggled with whether Trump committed crime of obstruction  —  A detailed report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III said investigators struggled with both the legal implications of investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘Game over’: Republicans rejoice after Mueller concludes  —  Republicans have one message following the conclusion of Robert Mueller's probe: Move on.  —  With no criminal charges against the president, many GOP lawmakers on Thursday gleefully watched Attorney General William Barr repeat …
Discussion: Fox News
ABC News:
Highlights of Trump's written answers to special counsel Robert Mueller's questions
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Mueller Reveals Trump's Efforts to Thwart Russian Inquiry in Highly Anticipated Report
Discussion: The Outline, Slate and The Verge
New York Times:
Read the Mueller Report: Full Document
Los Angeles Times:
Mueller report suggests Congress should judge whether Trump obstructed justice
Discussion: Boing Boing
Eric Geller / Politico:
FBI suspects Russians hacked ‘at least one’ Florida county, Mueller report says
Discussion: Mother Jones and Political Wire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The 10 Trump actions Mueller spotlighted for potential obstruction
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Jason Chaffetz / Fox News:   Was Mueller probe driven by political bias against Trump?
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
The 10 Episodes Mueller Investigated For Signs Of Trump's Obstruction
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Lucia Suarez Sang / Fox News:
WATCH: AG Barr spars with a reporter during news conference ahead of Mueller report release
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
The Mueller Report: Excerpts and Analysis
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The attorney general just pre-spun the Mueller report for Trump
Discussion: IJR and Shakesville
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.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Ilhan Omar, Harbinger of Democratic Decline?  —  With political power comes rhetorical responsibility.  —  Spot the problem with the quoted remarks:  —  (1) The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 was “something some people did.”  —  (2) Last month's attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was “something someone did.”
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell:
McConnell Announces Bill to Raise Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco to 21  —  Studies have shown that the brain is still developing throughout teenage years, and nicotine use on a young brain can stunt growth and make it harder to focus, learn, or control impulses
Discussion: Axios, Reuters, The Verge, Fortune and Bloomberg
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Burgess Everett / Politico:   McConnell: Raising age to buy tobacco to 21 a ‘top priority’
New York Post:
Man nabbed after walking into St. Patrick's Cathedral with gas cans, lighters  —  A man was nabbed Wednesday night walking into St. Patrick's Cathedral with four gallons of gasoline, lighter fluid and lighters, police said.  —  Marc Lamparello, 37, of New Jersey, entered the historic Midtown church …
 
 
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