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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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
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
Discussion: KATC-TV
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Congress Should Impeach William Barr
Washington Post:
Paranoia, lies and fear: Trump's presidency laid bare by Mueller report
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Mueller, Trump, and ‘two years of bullshit’
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:   Mueller's Report Speaks Volumes
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Barr v. Mueller: Friends pitted against each other
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Dear Democrats: Mueller Just Handed You a Road Map for Impeachment. Follow It.
Discussion: Vox, Slate, The Bulwark and The Daily Beast
Kim Wehle / The Bulwark:
Six Preliminary Takeaways from the Mueller Report
Discussion: Law & Crime
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:   This Is What Obstruction Looks Like
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:   My book report on ‘The Mueller Report’
ABC News:
Mueller report highlights: Read the top moments from the 448-page report
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Mueller report suggests the ‘fake news’ came from Trump, not the news media
Discussion: CNN, The Guardian and Washingtonian
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Directed Campaign Associates to Find Hillary Clinton's Emails, Mueller Report Says
Discussion: Political Wire
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
All the Mistakes Mueller Made in Declining to Prosecute Donald Trump Jr.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
The Ways William Barr Misled The Public About The Mueller Report
Discussion: Daily Wire and emptywheel
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
In William Barr, Donald Trump Has Finally Found His Roy Cohn
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Washington Post:
Mueller report says investigators struggled with whether Trump committed crime of obstruction
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
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
When Trump won, Putin deployed his oligarchs  —  In December 2016, a few weeks after Donald Trump's surprise election victory, Russian president Vladimir Putin convened what a Russian oligarch described as an “all-hands” meeting with some of his country's top businessmen.
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Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:   Mueller Exposes Erik Prince's Lies About His Rendezvous with a Top Russian
Washington Post:
Mueller report findings: Mueller rejects argument that Trump is shielded from obstruction laws
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: 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
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 …
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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