What there is left of it that is.
Courtesy of Vanity Fair:
When the 400-page Mueller report finally gets released Thursday—with redactions—the Trump administration’s response won’t just come in the form of a “NO COLLUSION!” tweet. The White House, led by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has been preparing a “counter-report” set to drop alongside Mueller’s findings that will present the administration’s own version of events, focused on the allegations of collusion and obstruction of justice, along with Republicans’ theory that the investigation was tainted from the start by anti-Trump bias at the F.B.I. Though the counter-report has been in the works for nearly a year, though, it still seems to be a work-in-progress just days before its release—as evidenced by a page count that’s been as erratic as Giuliani himself.
Giuliani told Politico journalist Darren Samuelsohn in a 3:00 A.M. text message Tuesday that the report is currently at “34 or 35” pages, adding, “The more concise the better. 400 pages is a novel.” The lawyer must have been up late editing, as just two days before, a Sunday article in the Wall Street Journal quoted Giuliani putting the page count at 140, but adding the president’s lawyers “want to whittle it down to about 50.” The counter-report’s apparent 100+ page hack job is indicative of how the vaunted report’s length has varied wildly since first being announced last summer: Giuliani told the Daily Beast in August that the report’s first half alone was 58 pages, before saying in a September 3 interview with the New Yorker the entire report was only 45 pages and “would likely grow.” Trump then tweeted in December that the report already had “87 pages done”; by March, the Los Angeles Times reported the report was still “roughly” 80 pages, with the potential to be shorter based on Mueller’s findings. “If they exonerate him,” Giuliani said, “we’ll just say congratulations.”
I would not hold my breath about that exoneration thing.
The very fact that Giuliani and Trump’s legal team even have a rebuttal all ready to go has people more than a little concerned.
Rudy Giuliani says he has prepared a 35 page counter-report to Mueller which will be released on Thursday
How could Giuliani do this if he doesn’t already know what’s in the report
Seems like he’s been briefed while the American people have been kept in the dark pic.twitter.com/B3YbynZRfX
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 16, 2019
Qs about Giuliani’s counter-report to Mueller:
– if Mueller exonerated Trump, why write a counter?
– how do you write a counter-report to a report you haven’t seen?
– and why does the length of the counter-report keep changing? https://t.co/zYe9IjL4zm
— Steve Benen (@stevebenen) April 17, 2019
Those are very good questions.
And it speaks once again to how important it is to see the full report.
Which it is looking more and more to be a real possibility.
Courtesy of WaPo:
The House Judiciary Committee is expected to subpoena the Justice Department for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s complete report as soon as Friday, according to a spokesman, as Democrats prepare to fight the Trump administration for access to the attorney general’s anticipated redactions.
Well, that is certainly hopeful news.
While all of this is going on Time Magazine chooses Rober Mueller as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2019.
On the eve of the release of the (redacted) Mueller report, some thoughts about the man who wrote it. https://t.co/3ewX8VOy3o
— Sally Yates (@SallyQYates) April 17, 2019
Here is the write-up courtesy of former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates:
Born to privilege, Robert S. Mueller III has lived his life governed not by a sense of entitlement but of duty. Distinctly apolitical, he confounds those who can’t comprehend a person driven by his all too uncommon values: honor, integrity, humility, service. He is the inverse image of the man he would ultimately come to investigate.
After marrying his high school sweetheart, Mueller volunteered to serve in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with a V for valor during what would be the defining experience of his life.
Soldier, prosecutor, FBI director, and when our country needed someone to untangle Russian election interference, he served again. Taking daily incoming fire, he neither flinched nor retaliated. He just did his job. For Mueller, it’s always about the work, and never about him.
Abhorring self-promotion, while the country held its collective breath during his nearly two-year investigation, Mueller uttered not a single public word. And when he finished, he called it as he saw it. He did his duty.
Hopefully tomorrow we will get to see the result of Robert Mueller’s hard work, and not just some watered down version from Bill Barr.
I know I’m hyped.