This morning, in a press conference clearly timed – before release of the Mueller Report, to muddy the narrative with disinformation and allow a dishonest president to post garbage like this, Attorney General Bob Barr junked his responsibility to the nation and acted as Donald Trump’s political operative. Tom Brokaw called it; he “took one for the team”. When the report itself went up on line at the DOJ website about 90 minutes later, and reporters actually had the – heavily redacted – report in their hands, Barr’s obsequious promotion of Trump’s innocence starts to look like anything but a slam-dunk for the president. For one thing, we now know that no fewer than 14 investigations have been farmed out to other U.S. attorneys offices, so nothing around the President looks clear now. And for another, there’s Page 370:
“The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”
For another, Trump declaring “I’m f***ked” when he found out Mueller was appointed.
Also notable from this morning’s revelations is that the doc – hundreds of pages long – is not searchable on the DOJ website. In fairness, it’s unclear whether that’s the Trump administration’s further efforts to obfuscate, or simply a big federal bureauocracy being too ‘old school’ to manage a modern posting.
Either way, Cory Booker to the rescue. His deputy communications director Jenna Lowenstein posted a searchable version that went up on Scribd a short while ago.