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The Bigs Got Played, Part Two

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April 3, 2019 7:59 p.m.

Entirely unsurprisingly, it now turns out that Bill Barr seems to have significantly mischaracterized the Mueller Report in the quickie summary he released ten days ago. The Times has a story just out about complaints from members of Mueller’s team that Barr had “failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated.” But of course the Times itself was near the top of the list of news organizations who accepted Barr’s spin more or less at face value. It’s worth remembering the lede of the Times initial report on the Letter: “For President Trump, it may have been the best day of his tenure so far. The darkest, most ominous cloud hanging over his presidency was all but lifted on Sunday with the release of the special counsel’s conclusions.” And this new article seems based largely on sources around Barr.

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