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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: CNN, Salon, Quartz and Washingtonian
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:
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 …
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 Breitbart
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, National Review and Vox
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
QAnon Believers Crushed After Mueller Report Fails to Lead to Hillary Clinton's Arrest  —  QAnon fans thought Mueller would take down the Democrats.  Instead, Sebastian Gorka made fun of them.  —  While most of Donald Trump's allies braced for the release on Thursday of Special Counsel …
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico, Axios and Breitbart
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: Fox News, Trending Home and 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 …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Robert Mueller Did Not Merely Reject the Trump/Russia Conspiracy Theories. He Obliterated Them.
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed News:
Donald Trump's Allies Don't Expect Him To Go Off On Aides Who Gave Mueller Damaging Information — At Least For Now
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
The Mueller Report by the Numbers
Discussion: Breitbart
House Judiciary Dems / House Committee …:
Chairman Nadler Statement on Redacted Mueller Report
Discussion: Vox, ThinkProgress and IJR
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Directed Campaign Associates to Find Hillary Clinton's Emails, Mueller Report Says
Discussion: Political Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘Game over’: Republicans rejoice after Mueller concludes
Discussion: Reason, Fox News and IJR
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Trump Obstructed Justice
Discussion: Splinter
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 and Slate
Los Angeles Times:
Mueller report suggests Congress should judge whether Trump obstructed justice
Discussion: Boing Boing
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
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
THE FULL MUELLER REPORT WAS JUST RELEASED. READ IT HERE
Discussion: RealClearPolitics and RedState
John Solomon / The Hill:
The Lesson of Mueller: An innocent man's defense can look like a guilty man's obstruction
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The 10 Trump actions Mueller spotlighted for potential obstruction
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Politico:
10 episodes where Trump might have obstructed justice
Discussion: New Republic and Fox News
Jason Chaffetz / Fox News:   Was Mueller probe driven by political bias against Trump?
New York Times:
The Mueller Report: Excerpts and Analysis
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.”
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.
 
 
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