The redacted Mueller Report came out yesterday, and there is already some great reporting on it, Let’s just say, that unlike what the Trump administration tried to spin it as, the report is pretty bad for Trump.
You can find a searchable version of the report here.
Lawfare has been busy with writing their first thoughts in What Mueller Found on Russia and on Obstruction: A First Analysis
“Really the best day since he got elected,” said Kellyanne Conway, the president’s counselor, about a day on which 400 pages dropped into the public’s lap describing relentless presidential misconduct and serial engagements between his campaign and a foreign actor. The weeks-long lag between Attorney General William Barr’s announcement of Robert Mueller’s top-line findings and the release of the Mueller report itself created space for an alternate reality in which the document released today might give rise to such a statement. But the cries of vindication do not survive even the most cursory examination of the document itself.
No, Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, and no, he did not conclude that President Trump had obstructed justice. But Mueller emphatically did not find that there had been “no collusion” either. Indeed, he described in page after damning page a dramatic pattern of Russian outreach to figures close to the president, including to Trump’s campaign and his business; Mueller described receptivity to this outreach on the part of those figures; he described a positive eagerness on the part of the Trump campaign to benefit from illegal Russian activity and that of its cutouts; he described serial lies about it all. And he describes as well a pattern of behavior on the part of the president in his interactions with law enforcement that is simply incompatible with the president’s duty to “take care” that the laws are “faithfully executed”—a pattern Mueller explicitly declined to conclude did not obstruct justice.
The Mueller report is a document this country will be absorbing for months to come. Below is a first crack at analyzing the features that are most salient to us.
Politico has made a an annotated guide to the redacted Mueller report
The Justice Department on Thursday released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials and whether the president obstructed justice.
While the investigation did not find hard evidence of collusion, the report detailed numerous instances in which Trump tried to interfere with the probe.
We’re annotating the document in real time, pulling out the excerpts we find most interesting, and giving you the analysis you need to understand Mueller’s findings.
Andrew Torrez does a great job at looking at the Barr report summary, and how it holds up to the actual report over at Opening Arguments in the episode OA271: Dis-Barred (?) – The Mueller Report
There is some high comedy going on at the foxnews.com Trump propaganda outlet right now. According to some articles, the report still totally exonerates the president and proves there was never any wrongdoing whatsoever. According to other articles on the same page, it’s a total hack job, a tissue of lies, a partisan hack job, bullshit. Both of these messages are coming out of the White House at the very same moment.
They can’t even coordinate their spin — it’s as if they’re trying two opposite defense strategies at the same time to see which one sticks better.