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The truth always comes out. Sorry (not sorry), Donald.

Tweet du jour via Virginia Heffernan:

She is referring to the NYTimes and Washington Post articles that the office of the Special Counsel prepared summaries of the Mueller report and expected that those summaries would be what AG Bob Barr would report. The summaries were much more damaging to the president.

But Barr took his red pen to the summaries and included only 42 words of Mueller’s report in his summary. Now some of the members of Mueller’s team are concerned that the public will be influenced by Barr’s narrative that “there’s nothing to see here, move along”.

It appears there is quite a bit more than nothing. From WaPo’s version of the story:

But members of Mueller’s team have complained to close associates that the evidence they gathered on obstruction was alarming and significant.

It was much more acute than Barr suggested,” said one person, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the subject’s sensitivity.

There was immediate displeasure from the team when they saw how the attorney general had characterized their work instead,” according one U.S. official briefed on the matter.


Summaries were prepared for different sections of the report, with a view that they could made public, the official said.

The report was prepared “so that the front matter from each section could have been released immediately — or very quickly,” the official said. “It was done in a way that minimum redactions, if any, would have been necessary, and the work would have spoken for itself.”

Mueller’s team assumed the information was going to be made available to the public, the official said, “and so they prepared their summaries to be shared in their own words — and not in the attorney general’s summary of their work, as turned out to be the case.”

Commence the prepared “oh you people are just playing politics” talking points from Rudy Giuliani who was interviewed by the loathsome Laura Ingraham:

“They are a bunch of sneaky, unethical leakers,” he said. “And they are rabid Democrats who hate the president of United States.”

So unexpected from Laura to take Donald’s side when Laura, who, if I recall correctly from David Brock who knew her back in the 90’s, was one of the “Elves” who worked tirelessly to bring down Bill Clinton using Vince Foster’s tragic suicide. Oh, I’m sorry, the Clinton’s trivial real estate investment in Whitewater. Wait, maybe it was Hillary’s billing records. No, no, that wasn’t it. It was something to do with a blow job between consenting adults and was none of our goddamn business. Well, it wasn’t our business until Ken Starr turned over every lurid detail to the New York Times.

Never let it be said that Laura doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I can’t imagine too many people who hated a president more than Laura hated Bill Clinton. Regardless what you may think of his dalliance with Lewinsky or Juanita Broaddrick’s changing story, he WAS. the president and the endless, pointless, expensive investigations that went absolutely nowhere were about as hateful and disrespectful of the president and the country as you could get.

Laura loved every minute of it. She and Ted Olsen’s wife were buddies in elfdome until 9/11. I’m wondering if it ever crossed Laura’s mind that maybe Barbara Olsen might be alive today if Clinton hadn’t been distracted and/or endlessly criticized for “wagging the dog” with respect to going after Osama Bin Laden the way he wanted to back in the 90’s after a series of attacks on our embassies in Africa.

I would say I am digressing but I have to wonder why Marty Baron would let quotes from an actual fascist propagandist’s show stand in WaPo without any mention of Laura’s lurid past or current seemingly inexhaustible enthusiasm for defending Trump’s dishonor.

It does lead me to wonder why Bill Barr is climbing to the top of the water tower with a bucket of whitewash to defend Donald’s reputation. I can’t think of a good reason why a guy who directs the Justice Department would go out of his way to trash his own reputation and diminish the power of that department. Anyway, I can’t think of any good reason that doesn’t somehow reflect badly on Barr’s personality, attraction to bad guys he secretly thinks are hot, or doesn’t stem from that time when Tip O’Neill gave him a swirly in the Senate bathroom back in the 90’s.

Yes, partisanship has never been this bad. You’d think the Democrats would have been rewarded for all the times they listened to David Broder types and tried compromise and bipartisanship with Republicans. Like that was ever going to happen. But as Adam Schiff said last week, we have to ask ourselves if it’s OK for the president and his campaign and family to have done what they have already admitted to. That’s not a partisan question. That’s a moral question.

As for Barr, IBW has a poster somewhere about how voting for Trump was a test of character. The same could be said of writing a completely unbelievable 4 page summary of a 400 page report in defense of Donald Trump. It was a test of Barr’s character and he has utterly failed.

As Wolfgang Pauli said of a scientifically improbable paper he was asked to critique, Barr’s summary “is not only not right; it is not even wrong”.

We’ll know how not right or wrong it is when the actual report is publicly available.

It’s coming. You can’t keep stuff hidden for long these days.