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OpinionExpectations for the Mueller Report Were Set Too High

22:05  27 march  2019
22:05  27 march  2019 Source:   theatlantic.com

Trump has not seen Mueller report, next steps up to AG Barr, White House says

Trump has not seen Mueller report, next steps up to AG Barr, White House says President Trump has not seen or been briefed on the report special counsel Robert Mueller delivered to Attorney General William Barr.

Expectations for the Mueller Report Were Set Too High . For more than a year, many members of the American media treated Robert Mueller as if he were in the entertainment business, and the Mueller report as if it were the season finale of U.S. politics, one that would deliver a shocking twist.

Mueller 's report found no evidence that U.S. Although more responsible journalists repeatedly warned that a big-bang showpiece was unlikely—that just isn’t Mueller ’s style—the expectations were set impossibly high . Anything short of Mueller leading an FBI raid on the White House and walking out

Expectations for the Mueller Report Were Set Too High© Alex Brandon / AP Donald Trump speaks with the media on Sunday, after the Justice Department announced Mueller found no evidence of collusion

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For more than a year, many members of the American media treated Robert Mueller as if he were in the entertainment business, and the Mueller report as if it were the season finale of U.S. politics, one that would deliver a shocking twist.

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As is now crystal clear, that was not Mueller ’s view of his role or his investigation. Mueller did his part: He secured convictions and submitted his report to the attorney general. theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/03/ expectations - muellers - report - were - too - high /585757/.

James Ball: Expectations for the Mueller report were set too high . After WikiLeaks released politically damaging Democratic Party emails that were reported to have been hacked by Russia, Trump publicly expressed skepticism that Russia was responsible for the hacks at the same time that

Although more responsible journalists repeatedly warned that a big-bang showpiece was unlikely—that just isn’t Mueller’s style—the expectations were set impossibly high. Anything short of Mueller leading an FBI raid on the White House and walking out with multiple members of the Trump clan in chains would have felt like an anticlimax. That is why Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of Mueller’s report, which neither Congress nor the public has seen in full, seems to many like a victory for the president and his allies.

But it isn’t. The gap between where the expectations were set and the conclusions described in the Barr summary has led pundits astray. Information long in the public domain as well as in the summary is actually incredibly damning, and would in normal times be more than enough to push for impeachment.

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Democrats Pelosi, Schumer say full Mueller report should be made public U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday that the full report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian election interference needs to be made public. "The fact that Special Counsel Mueller's report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay," Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement after Attorney General William Barr issued a summary of the report's findings.

The stakes are high . And the public wants transparency: “Strong majorities of Democrats and Republicans say Mueller ’s report should be made public in its entirety,” The Washington Post reports , “with 81 percent overall James Ball: Expectations for the Mueller report were set too high .

The page length of the Mueller report isn’t really that exciting a new fact. But critically it’s new and so virtually every outlet is eagerly jumping right on it – it’s a symptom of what I wrote about here.

[Read: The critical part of Mueller’s report that Barr didn’t mention]

It’s best to start at the beginning—why a special counsel was necessary at all. Mueller’s hiring followed Trump’s abrupt firing of James Comey as FBI director, which Donald Trump publicly admitted was motivated in part by “this Russia thing with Trump and Russia.” That sure sounds like obstruction of justice.

With Comey out of the picture, Mueller was assigned to continue the investigation into Russian electoral interference—not “collusion” in particular, because that is not a legal term. His remit also gave him the power to investigate “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation,” including obstruction of justice. Given the circumstances of Mueller’s hiring, obstruction should have been seen as just as significant as the vague “collusion” allegations that dominated the headlines.

Russian lawmaker cheers findings of Mueller's report

Russian lawmaker cheers findings of Mueller's report A senior Russian lawmaker has welcomed the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential election, saying this gives the countries a chance to mend ties. Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, said in a social media post on Monday that Mueller's probe was accompanied by "two years of incessant lies," but proved that there was no collusion, something that "we in Russia knew from the start." Mueller's report found no evidence that U.S.

Waiting in Vain for the Mueller Report . Expectations that the special counsel will deliver a long narrative of Mueller ’s report comes at a different time and in different conditions. “There was a huge DOJ consensus that Congress in the Ethics in Government Act had farmed out too much of its

The Mueller Report , officially titled Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, is the official report documenting the findings and conclusions of Special

Per Barr’s summary of Mueller’s report, the special counsel ultimately ducked the question of whether the president obstructed justice. But, even in Barr’s telling, the report clearly did not exonerate the president on this point. That’s worth underscoring: The president may well have obstructed justice. Mueller did not offer a conclusion one way or the other.

And while, according to Barr, Mueller did not find definitive evidence of “collusion,” let’s keep in mind that his investigation produced indictments against 34 individuals and three entities on nearly 200 separate criminal charges. He put Paul Manafort, who ran Trump’s campaign during the crucial summer months of 2016, in prison.

Even without Mueller’s considerable efforts, the world would know three things. First, the president’s son met with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer to discuss receiving dirt on Hillary Clinton. Second, that same son was in Twitter direct-message contact with WikiLeaks during the period the site was publishing Clinton campaign emails. Third, Trump called for Russia to find and publish Clinton’s emails (the famous “Russia, if you’re listening …” comment).

Top Senate Judiciary Dem asks Barr to hand over full Mueller report by April 1

Top Senate Judiciary Dem asks Barr to hand over full Mueller report by April 1 Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is asking Attorney General William Barr to hand over special counsel Robert Mueller's full report on the Russia probe by April 1. 

CNN's SE Cupp says that opponents of President Trump set expectations too high for special counsel Robert Mueller 's Russia investigation.

So, wait, this won’t be an announcement that the Mueller report is available for the public? Those expectations would probably be too high . Barr promised only that he’d dish out a summary of what Mueller So far, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she is setting the bar high for that standard.

There’s a lot of smoke here, even if Mueller didn’t find a fire. Perhaps there’s no “collusion,” but there’s plenty of evidence that the Trump campaign held itself to no known ethical standard.

Why, then, does the upshot of the Mueller investigation feel like a victory for Trump? Because of a structural weakness in the media. Reporters are often quite good at handling revelations, or of making a big deal of hidden conspiracies. When almost everything is out in the open, however, as it was here, it’s hard to work out what to say. Important but predictable, generally speaking, is not the U.S. media’s strong suit.

Elected Democrats share some of the blame, too. By using Mueller as a reason not to discuss action against the president—“Let’s wait for what he says” was their mantra—they reinforced the impression that Mueller would be the person to give the definitive verdict on the Trump presidency. As is now crystal clear, that was not Mueller’s view of his role or his investigation.

Mueller did his part: He secured convictions and submitted his report to the attorney general. Between what he uncovered and what was clear all along, there’s plenty of fodder for congressional investigation and public outrage.

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