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Ash writes: "Recent revelations through intermediaries to reporters at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NBC News have provided the first official indication that Barr's representations of the Mueller Report may have been inaccurate at best, if not politically motivated. It might be only the beginning."

Embattled attorney general William P. Barr. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty)
Embattled attorney general William P. Barr. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty)


Team Mueller Fires a Warning Shot

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

05 April 19

 

ttorney General William Barr moved swiftly and deliberately to preemptively control the narrative on the Mueller Report. The report itself was two years in the making and the subject of significant speculation and anticipation. Barr’s summary, days after the report was delivered to him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, seemed to commandeer the discussion and redirect it in an optimal direction for Donald Trump’s public relations messaging.

Recent revelations through intermediaries to reporters at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NBC News have provided the first official indication that Barr’s representations of the report may have been inaccurate at best, if not politically motivated. It might be only the beginning.

This first round of expressions by Mueller team members, although not without important clues, consists of measured disclosures through third parties. It’s a shot across the bow of the Trump camp and the Attorney General.

Investigators working for Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox during the Watergate investigation, as the process reached a climax in the fall of 1973, were wary of what Nixon might do with the vast powers of the presidency to derail their investigation. Now, decades later, the Watergate investigators openly admit they made copies of the key evidence and the most sensitive documents, taking copies out the door with them to preserve what they had found.

It is hard to imagine that Mueller’s Russiagate investigative team, with the constant threat of being shut down or derailed by President Trump, would not have taken similar precautions.

Part of what Mueller’s investigators are saying is: “We can and we will if necessary resist any official attempt to cover up the findings of this investigation.” In an investigation that has been as buttoned up as any high-profile investigation in U.S. history, these signs of protest mark a significant departure from the seamlessly commentless Special Counsel process that has operated in a virtual media vacuum for two years.

If there was evidence of obstruction by President Trump or anyone acting on his behalf, that would necessarily constitute evidence of a coverup. The “team members” now finding ways to be heard understand that evidence quite well – they compiled it. Seeing the coverup continue by the suppression or redefining of the findings of their investigation is apparently not setting well.

Attorney General Barr’s preemptive public relations strike appears to have failed, and the truth is starting to assert itself. If Barr continues his efforts to keep the grist of the Mueller investigation out of public view, team Mueller is well positioned to push back. They seem willing.

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+55 # Citizen Mike 2019-04-05 09:18
Some new Daniel Ellsberg will swipe the report and spill the beans to the press,just wait and see.
 
 
+10 # Robbee 2019-04-05 15:35
Quoting Citizen Mike 2019-04-05 09:18:
Some new Daniel Ellsberg will swipe the report and spill the beans to the press,just wait and see.

- wouldn't that be a shame?

congress has never been denied a full report with all evidence!

without that, congress cannot do its job, to review how the exec enforces laws congress writes!

in any event the courts must force the attorney general to deliver the report and all evidence to the u s house of congress!

any day now the u s house should subpoena these records

i dunno why any hero whistle blower would blow this whistle, at least until dickhead's attorney general obeys the law! and coughs up everything he has, to congress?

why would any hero stick their neck out before it is absolutely necessary? would you?

yesterday comey told cnbc? was it? that we the people will demand to see the full report - and will get it

we should demand it!

we should march until we do!
 
 
-33 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-05 10:47
I thought the big takeaway from the media coverage of the Mueller Probe was to never trust articles derived from unnamed and unquoted sources. The many thousands of stories based on "sources close to the Mueller Probe" and linked with words like "jaw-droppoing, " "blockbuster," "bombshell," "catastrophic," and dozen more of the new journalistic lingo have all turned out to be false.

So now the NYT, NBC, and Wapo are giving us another jaw dropping blockbuster story with no sources and information that is so vague that it really does not refer to anything. It is a illusion. Mueller's team was composed of lawyers who know perfectly well that if someone does not stand up and testify in person and in open, then the information is sorthless rumor.

This latest jaw dropping story has dropped the jaws of the NYT so low that the story is now not a blockbuster but a ballbuster. Or maybe that is a ball chomper.

Some version of the full report will be out in 2 weeks. We can see then what it contains. Right now, the establishment press is just trying to whip up the masses who had as Marc says moved on after Barr's brief statement of the conclusions.
 
 
-20 # dbrize 2019-04-05 14:34
My Dear RR:

TDS, the pseudo mental illness exhibited as collusion obsession extremis, will not submit to “moving on” so long as it provides cover for the DNC neoliberals who much prefer its beneficient (to their cause) entertainment value opposed to a spotlight on items like healthcare, wars, weapons contracts, FISA courts and the many perks provided in maintaining a certain status quo endorsed by much Beltway winking and nodding.

That our instrument of record sees fit to devote significant bandwidth to maintaining the meme is certainly by this point unsurprising as well as unfortunate. But, take heart, your role as house stalking horse remains alive and well. Take in good spirit the words of the Bard:

All the worlds a stage
All men and women merely players
They have their exits and entrances
And one man in his time plays many parts
 
 
-10 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-07 07:16
DB -- your citation of Shakespeare is just right. The full context of your quotation is about the seven ages of men. How they begin as children, progress through a warrior phase, and then in senility return to childishness.

The Mueller Probe and his warriors in the media, esp. Rachel Maddow, has followed this pattern perfectly.


"And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything."


The Muellergate warriors in the media have now become senile old women and men, holding on to their glory days and in Maddow's case her $10 million a year salary -- sans teeth, sans eyes, sans everything.

There are good warrior democrats still. Sanders is a role model. Just compare Sanders to Schiff to see what a pathetic sans everything Schiff is. He's got nothing but he thinks if he repeats it often enough it will become something.

Time to MoveOn. Russiagate was always about distracting democrats from their real mission and now Russiagate is over.
 
 
+1 # Caliban 2019-04-08 14:30
# RR -- you are so certain there is nothing of interest in the Mueller Report that I am becoming almost equally certain there is a great deal -- maybe enough to call into question the mathematics of DT's electoral victory.

Enough covering up the facts, AG Barr -- please release the un-redacted Mueller Report now.
 
 
-12 # Anne Frank 2019-04-05 11:15
"The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NBC News have provided the first official indication that Barr’s representations of the report may have been inaccurate at best, if not politically motivated." It may well be "that Barr’s representations of the report may have been inaccurate at best, if not politically motivated," but I would want to see evidence provided by sources other than the deep state propaganda organs, "The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NBC News."
 
 
+21 # tr4302@gmail.com 2019-04-05 11:31
I do hope that #Citizen Mike above is right. The truth will out.
 
 
-3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-05 15:15
tr -- yes, I do too. But truth tellers don't fare very well. As I'm writing now Assange is about to be expelled by the Ecuadoran Embassy into the clutches of the British police who will immediately turn him over to US federal police who will render him into some black hole prison somewhere never to be seen again.

This is not to ignore the status of Chelsea Manning, who now is being held by federal police in solitary confinement.

In Ellsberg's day there were at least some people committed to civil liberties and the major media which published the Pentagon Papers had at least some honesty in admitting they published Ellsberg's leaked material and therefore bore some of the same responsibility.

We don't live in that sort of society now. The media which publishes leaked material will turn on the leakers just as fast as the FBI will.
 
 
+32 # suzyskier 2019-04-05 17:30
Just so sick and tired of this insane administration, it’s a constant embarrassment and shock show. The criminality here is breathtaking. Trump is completely unfit for office and the Republicans resemble the Fascists of the Nazi party more every day! It’s beyond comprehension that it’s gone this far. What a farce, how can anyone take these people seriously as statemen? Only the low intelligence Americans can actually believe. In this guy or the1% out for themselves. It’s dispicable! I just want to scream when people take this moron seriously as a leader!
 
 
+2 # Robbee 2019-04-09 09:53
Quoting suzyskier 2019-04-05 17:30:
Just so sick and tired of this insane administration, it’s a constant embarrassment and shock show. The criminality here is breathtaking. Trump is completely unfit for office and the Republicans resemble the Fascists of the Nazi party more every day! It’s beyond comprehension that it’s gone this far. What a farce, how can anyone take these people seriously as statemen? Only the low intelligence Americans can actually believe. In this guy or the1% out for themselves. It’s dispicable! I just want to scream when people take this moron seriously as a leader!

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