So we are about to get another Bill Barr version of a report that the taxpayers paid to see.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report detailing his investigation of President Trump and Russia’s election interference will be delivered to Congress by mid-April, Attorney General William P. Barr said Friday in a letter to lawmakers offering important new details about how the document will be edited before its public release.
“Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own,” Barr wrote.
Barr’s new letter lays out a timeline for the next steps of the hotly-debated process by which Justice Department officials are sharing the nearly 400-page report.
In the letter, Barr said he does not plan to submit the report to the White House for review.
“Although the president would have the right to assert privilege over certain parts of the report, he has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review,” Barr wrote.
I still find it impossible to believe that Trump is not demanding to see this report before it is released to the public.
As for receiving a redacted version in a little over two weeks I also find that completely unsatisfying.
We need to see the whole thing, and we should be paging through it right now.
It appears that until the report is released the Barr letter will be used as a blunt instrument against the press and Trump’s perceived enemies.
Courtesy of The Atlantic:
Trump allies see Barr’s letter as a kind of Swiss Army knife—a tool useful in all kinds of situations. Not only is it exculpatory, they say, but it also implicitly rebukes the press for its coverage of the Russia investigation, inoculating Trump from any future scandal that reporters might unearth. According to a source familiar with internal discussions at the Republican National Committee and the pro-Trump super PAC America First, both organizations are “geared up for any nonsense to come.”
They’re already prepared to attack reporters. “Any reporter who tries that will be hit with 30-second spots of all their ridiculous claims about collusion,” said the source, who, like others interviewed for this story, requested anonymity to describe private conversations. “Their tweets have all been screencapped. It’s all ready to go.” (“It’s the same thing we’ve been doing the last two years. We’re going to hold the media accountable when we see fit,” an RNC official clarified, adding that this would include digital clips shared on social media.)
We are already seeing this happening today as Fox News gleefully reports that Rachel Maddow’s ratings have taken a hit and cite the Barr letter as having proven no collusion and that she was hyperbolic in her descriptions or what the Mueller report might reveal.
I actually think that whatever the public is allowed to see in April it will still not contain the most damaging information and that Trump’s supporters will also use it to attack Trump critics and media types.
I am now counting on the Congress to get to the truth on our behalf.