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John Oliver Exposes Fox News' Mueller Report 'Exoneration' Lies
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=34577"><span class="small">Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast</span></a>   
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 08:25

Excerpt: "The late-night host can't understand why all of Trump's cronies on Fox News insisted that he'd been 'exonerated' when the Mueller report says the exact opposite."

John Oliver. (photo: HBO)
John Oliver. (photo: HBO)

John Oliver Exposes Fox News' Mueller Report 'Exoneration' Lies

By Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast

02 April 19

The late-night host can’t understand why all of Trump’s cronies on Fox News insisted that he’d been “exonerated” when the Mueller report says the exact opposite.

n Sunday night, John Oliver—who was off last week—addressed the confounding aftermath of Trump Attorney General William Barr’s summary of Robert Mueller’s report on Last Week Tonight.

As Barr’s summary concluded, “The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” and that Mueller could not exonerate the president on obstruction of justice.

“OK, so there’s two things there: first, the report did not establish a criminal conspiracy between Russia and Trump’s campaign, which is undeniably good news for the president; however, the fact that Mueller did not exonerate him on obstruction of justice is pretty remarkable,” offered Oliver. “It’s the kind of thing that might prompt headlines like ‘President May Have Obstructed Justice,’ which is why it’s been a little weird this week to see the good news for the president often shoving aside the bad. That doesn’t normally happen.”

Yes, as Oliver explained, “All week long, the president’s supporters took their one piece of good news and rounded it up to two.”

He then threw to a montage of Fox News’ Trump talking heads singing their master’s praises, including Sean Hannity (“no collusion, no obstruction of justice”), Jeanine Pirro (“no collusion, no obstruction, nothing”), and Lou Dobbs (“victorious, exonerated, vindicated”).

“OK, again, Trump was not completely exonerated,” Oliver explained. “In fact, the report literally used the words ‘does not exonerate him.’ The only way Mueller could have been clearer on that point is if he put hand-clap emojis between every word. And normally, this is where we would do a deep-dive into the details of the report explaining all the possible implications it may have, the problem is, we still haven’t seen it! Congress hasn’t seen it! Even the president hasn’t seen it!”

Indeed, in the words of Oliver, “We only know what Trump’s own attorney general thinks we need to know—a man who, unsolicited, and before he got his current job, sent top DOJ officials a memo ruling out obstruction of justice charges against the president. So there are plenty of qualifiers and questions left here, which is why it’s been a little strange to see Trump supporters say things like this…”

Oliver, who previously referenced Barr’s 19-page memo ruling out obstruction of justice against Trump in order to land the job (compared to his 4-page summary of the several-hundred-page-long Mueller report), then cut to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham saying that the Mueller investigation “was a waste.”

That got Oliver into a tizzy. “Even if the investigation didn’t conclude that Trump conspired with the Russians, that doesn’t mean the whole thing was a waste of time,” Oliver said, before outlining how Mueller’s investigation concluded that Russia indeed interfered in the election; the president’s campaign manager, lawyer, and multiple advisers were convicted of crimes; Trump and his team lied about their business and contacts with Russia; and that Trump may have committed campaign-finance violations to cover up an affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels shortly after his wife Melania gave birth.

“All of that happened!” exclaimed Oliver. “And we know it one way or another because of Mueller’s investigation!”

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+32 # tedrey 2019-04-02 10:28
“The investigation did not establish that he was involved in the bank robbery, but it could not exonerate him from providing alibis and sharing the loot. The investigation is therefore now closed."
+9 # Robbee 2019-04-02 13:36
Quoting tedrey 2019-04-02 10:28:
“The investigation did not establish that he was involved in the bank robbery, but it could not exonerate him from providing alibis and sharing the loot. The investigation is therefore now closed."

- it goes without saying, that, even if mueller had indicted dickhead, dickhead would have declared that mueller's report "completely exonerated" dickhead

it goes without saying that faux news would repeat dickhead's lies

dickhead insists on his illogic - that's how he rolls - we see it in how he talks of anything, everything and nothing at all, on a continual basis - that's why intelligent folks call him a "pathological liar"

dickhead's supporters count on dickhead to insist on his illogic, for their existence as supporters, his illogic justifies their very existence

if faux news did not insist on dickhead's illogic, as echo chamber, there would be no purpose for faux news to exist either - it would have to start reporting news - where's faux news ad money in that?

it sustains us dickhead opponents to understand, from time to time, what drives fascism

it's hard to sustain perpetual resistance to galloping fascism without art, as in, where permitted, some form of satire - as an emotional escape?

satire is the art of the powerless?

when it stops hurting? will we stop laughing!
+35 # Texas Aggie 2019-04-02 10:51
"Even the president hasn’t seen it!”

We don't know that. It is quite likely that Barr sent a copy to individual 1's legal team for their perusal.
+14 # ER444 2019-04-02 13:20
He couldn't read it anyway. That is why Ivanka and Jarred have clearance. Then they can sit on Daddie's lap and read him the news.
-11 # Saberoff 2019-04-02 11:56
Thought this guy was our cut-up, funnyman.
And so soon after his (jump the band-wagon) MSM smear interview with Tulsi Gabbard, too. Et Tu John?
How 'bout we move along to a few of the many real reasons! we oust the orange man-baby?
+6 # HarryP 2019-04-03 10:37
There is no evidence that Mueller “exonerated” Trump on collusion. Three of his indictments make clear that there was collusion - except that Mueller is hamstrung by the Justice Dept. ruling that a sitting president cannot be charged with a criminal act. And then there’s the problem of finding a jury willing to convict a president who denied everything “totally.”

Mueller’s indictment of Papadopoulos spells out the efforts by the Trump campaign to conspire surreptitiously with the Russians who revealed that they had hacked Hillary’s emails and were willing to release them.

The indictment of the 12 GRU officers spells out how they did it (thereby violating a slew of US laws) and spells out their contacts with Wikileaks, which was eager to disseminate more than 50,000 emails in total.

The Stone indictment - as the link between the campaign and Wikileaks - has freaked him out to the point urging others to follow Nixon’s advice to “stonewall” Mueller. Trump, understandably, all but promised Stone a pardon.

I can’t imagine the nearly 400 pp. Mueller report doesn’t have a recap of all this - plus his findings of what happened at the Trump Tower. And the Dems want the underlying documentation. No wonder Trump is stressed out.

In short, too many commentators (even those hostile to Trump) have jumped the gun declaring that Mueller has cleared Trump on collusion. We have yet to hear from Mueller. We have seen neither his report not his testimony before Congress.
+2 # revhen 2019-04-05 12:27
The collapse of civilization. Or just an expose of the fact that we have had no civilization. We've only been fooling ourselves all along.