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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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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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Fox News, Vox and New Republic
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 …
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.
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: Vox, The Bulwark and National Review
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
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: Politico, Axios, Breitbart and Raw Story
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.
Washington Post:
The Mueller report is the opposite of exoneration
Discussion: Raw Story
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:   Mueller Exposes Erik Prince's Lies About His Rendezvous with a Top Russian
New York Times:   Mueller Left Open the Door to Charging Trump After He Left Office
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:   A Lucid Portrait of an Untrustworthy Presidency
ABC News:
Mueller report highlights: Read the top moments from the 448-page report
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
The Ways William Barr Misled The Public About The Mueller Report
Discussion: Daily Wire and emptywheel
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dems run from impeachment post-Mueller
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems accuse Barr of misleading Congress and public
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What Attorney General Barr buried, misrepresented or ignored in clearing Trump
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Trump Obstructed Justice
Discussion: Splinter
Wall Street Journal:
The Mueller Report by the Numbers
Discussion: Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Directed Campaign Associates to Find Hillary Clinton's Emails, Mueller Report Says
Discussion: Political Wire
ABC News:
Highlights of Trump's written answers to special counsel Robert Mueller's questions
Washington Post:
Mueller report says investigators struggled with whether Trump committed crime of obstruction
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
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.”
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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 …
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.
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
Mueller Report Bolsters Claims That Russia Penetrated Election Systems in Florida  —  Last summer, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) drew skepticism and ridicule from the media and Republicans when he claimed that Russian hackers had gained access to local election systems in his state.
Discussion: Politico
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Eric Geller / Politico:
FBI suspects Russians hacked ‘at least one’ Florida county, Mueller report says
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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