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After over two years of speculation and endless media coverage, the Mueller report is here, and it arrived with a whimper.
Questions - Scandal
Questions will now turn to what’s shaping up to be the bigger scandal.
The only indictment we’ll likely see in the coming weeks is of America’s media elite, who oversold the report, misled the public, and otherwise appeared to be laser-focused on the goal of ending Trump’s presidency rather than faithfully drawing out the truth.
Report - Evidence - Collusion - Trump - Campaign
For those who were hoping the report would unveil evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the fact that it was submitted late on Friday afternoon wasn’t a good sign. Late-Friday document dumps are usually aimed at minimizing media coverage of embarrassing information.
Attorney General William Barr confirmed the left’s worst fears in a four-page summary on Sunday.
Counsel - Investigation - Trump - Campaign - Anyone
“The special counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its effort to influence the 2016 presidential election,” Barr wrote.
The letter continued, quoting directly from the Mueller report: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
Course - Trump - Twitter
Of course, Trump was quick to pounce, as they say, on Twitter.
For those searching for a way to implicate President Donald Trump in some sort of crime, Mueller’s report declined to comment on “whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction,” according to Barr.
Progressives - Democrats - Attention - Obstruction - Justice
Undoubtedly, progressives and Democrats will now turn their attention to the inconclusive obstruction of justice charge, but that’s an awfully big drop-off for a movement that is dead set on impeachment and dragging Trump out of office in chains.
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