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Apr 19, 2019

This Week: A Report Much Worse Than The Public Was Led To Expect

Going into this week, we knew we’d get the Mueller report — and on Monday the Department of Justice told us when: Thursday. That announcement reportedly set off a wave of anxiety among White House officials about what the report would reveal they told the special counsel. In the days before the report went public, Trump tried to distract the public with attention-grabbing antics, touting a plan to bus asylum seekers to sanctuary cities and, in one characteristic tweet, demanding that someone “INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!” On Thursday morning in a press conference ahead of the report’s release, Attorney General Bill Barr preemptively defended the President’s actions against those who would see obstruction of justice in them, saying Trump was “frustrated and angered by his sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks.” The report itself painted a strikingly different picture. If the President did not end up obstructing justice, the report made clear, it…

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