This will be a brief summary, in no particular order, of some of the takeaways.
imagine a group of people discussing how upset they are over the ending of the first Die Hard, hoping that it might change the next time they watch it. that’s CNN right now.
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 18, 2019
The House Intelligence Committee has formally invited Special Counsel Mueller to testify on the counterintelligence investigation.
After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barr’s political spin. pic.twitter.com/PWIXvl7MLv
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 18, 2019
Whether that will happen is an open question. Angered Dems are not going to want to let this go.
I’m trudging through the collusion section of the Mueller report, and it’s difficult to convey how unimpressed I am with it. For example, the Papadopoulos/Downer meeting, which we’re told sparked the *ENTIRE* 2016 anti-Trump investigaiton, is barely a footnote. pic.twitter.com/QeVzKqDHZx
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 18, 2019
The conclusion? The Mueller Team had to omit facts and and imply and still couldn’t prove that Trump or anyone on his team (yes, including Paul Manafort) colluded with Russia.
Here are the ten instances of obstruction analyzed in the report:
POTUS’ conduct relating to
(1) Flynn investigation;
(2) Public confirmation of FBI’s Russia investigation;
(3) termination of Comey;
(4) attempt to remove Mueller;
(5) attempt to curtail the SCO probe; 1/2
— Fallen Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) April 18, 2019
Here’s the thing, though. To anyone outside the political environment, Trump’s actions seem like the moves of an innocent man. An innocent man wants to scream from the hilltops his innocence. He’s afraid of people saying something wrong and that wrong thing being misconstrued and harming him. And he’s right to worry about it. Inside of D.C., though, a President isn’t supposed to react normally. He’s supposed to be above the fray and be content that his political enemies are seeking dirt to ruin him.
NEW: special counsel Mueller’s report directly contradicts BuzzFeed’s bombshell story
BF: Cohen told Mueller “the president personally instructed him to lie”
Mueller: Cohen said “the President did not direct him to provide false testimony”https://t.co/nx9eGj7DGr
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) April 18, 2019
Attorney General William Barr shuts down a reporter who tried to suggest that he was protecting President Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/rpZEUD9pz2
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 18, 2019
Wow. I wonder if @carterwpage will be satisfied that two years of public shaming as a traitor and agent of the Russian Federation, and constant mocking by media and Dems of his attempts to assert his innocence, comes to a single-sentence end in a 400-page report? pic.twitter.com/FH9HOQ6epA
— Jason Beale (@jabeale) April 18, 2019
In a just world, this report would be absolutely devastating for Trump. The fact that it may not be is a testament to two things:
1) Partisanship; and
2) Years of gross, relentless over-hyping and irresponsible speculation that things were much, much worse.
— David French (@DavidAFrench) April 18, 2019
In a just world, political opposition using the force of the FISA process and the leaders of the intelligence community would not use oppo research to justify an investigation meant to ruin a President’s ability to govern. Yet, here we are.
No doubt, there will be more to come from all this, but it will be noise.
AG Barr’s initial summary stands. There was no collusion with Russia and obstruction is difficult to prove.
Will the Democrats and Media (but I repeat myself) let it go? Not likely.
Will the Democrats attempt to Impeach the President? Possibly. It would be political suicide. They’re not content to have destroyed the President’s momentum his first two years in office. They’re not satisfied with besmirching the character of innocent people. They want Trump to pay. But implied obstruction is weak sauce when the American people have been told for two years that President Trump was Vladimir Putin’s pet.
Tellingly, though outraged, the media is moving on. Their record in the last couple years of flat out lying is alarming. They’ve inflamed racial divisions due to misreporting police-criminal conflict. They’ve inflamed hatred toward anyone wearing a MAGA hat including innocent high school kids. They successfully convinced Americans who received a refund, that they’re paying more in taxes. They’ve believed, against all evidence, that the President of the United States was working as a foreign agent. It’s absurd and insane and they succeeded in convincing their viewers of the lie.
The Mueller investigation was a loss for America. It created a nation of conspiracy theorists. It poisoned politics further. What a mess.