There is a fog of disbelief oppressing the country as the day begins with the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Attorney General (AG) William Barr’s desk. Of course, the AG sent out his interpretation favoring Donald Trump with bits and pieces, quoting Mueller’s report. Trump has been tweeting as he performs his victory dance on the coffee table of the president’s private quarters, but what do we really know?
POTUS walked his victory lap, throwing bouquets of lies to his adoring followers. He claimed that “No American conspired.” As usual that was a gross exaggeration:
‘“No matter your ideologies or your loyalties, this is a good day for America. No American conspired to cooperate with Russia in its efforts to interfere with the 2016 election, according to Robert Mueller, and that is good.’
Then, Trump ramped it up saying that Barr decreed no one in “the Trump campaign” had “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.” Notice how carefully this was worded, “the Russian government:”
‘“The Special Counsel did not find that the Trump Campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian Government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump Campaign.”’
Finally, Trump threw it in the Democrats face by quoting MSNBC:
‘“Breaking News: Mueller Report Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy.”’
Remember that this was strictly Trump’s Roy Cohn, Barr’s opinion, and it was not up to the AG to make that determination. It is in the realm of Congress’ decision. People need to see the report, not just parts of Mueller’s quotes. Barr did not even quote one full sentence of the report which said Mueller had over 2000 subpoenas. He did not even tell America how many pages long the report was.
There still remain so many questions: Why was there such attempts to coverup if there was no crime. Why did all of Trump’s people and Trump lie as one? Why was Trump “surprised” the report went so well for him? Why was Barr so hot to claim this was his and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s decision? Only Barr signed his three-plus page opinion piece.
We heard nothing about the Russian attack on the U.S. elections, and that was half of Mueller’s dictate. Some believe that there must be an underlying crime in order for there to be obstruction of justice, and Barr did not rule that out.
After two years of fingernail-biting anticipation, the Barr handed us the Mueller report with a giant thud. We need to see the report. More importantly, we need to win the elections again.
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