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First Reactions to the Barr Letter

March 24, 2019 4:55 p.m.

I’m still away for a few more days. But given the gravity of the moment I wanted to share a few thoughts on Attorney General Barr’s letter to Congress. First, we need to see the report, even if it includes redactions. For now we can only react on the basis of the assumption that Barr’s letter is not willfully misleading or deceptive about what Mueller’s report says. I assume it puts the best face on things. Indeed, this is clear on its face. The report includes either directly or by implication all the bombshells in the various indictments and charging materials. Barr looked at those and said done and done. Time to move on. But again, we can say the following on the assumption that Barr’s letter is broadly accurate on its specific points.

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