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After a 22-month investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller investigating Russian ties to the Trump campaign and possible presidential obstruction of justice, the final 448-page report on the investigation has been released, confirming the previous summary by Attorney General Bob Barr that Mueller found no collusion and uncovered insufficient evidence to charge Trump with obstruction.
Which didn’t stop the New York Times from sounding bitter, and in particular targeting Barr for sounding too much like an advocate for Trump (who, after all, was not charged with anything). For starters, the Times faulted Barr for having the audacity to hold a press conference before the report’s release. Apparently the press didn’t appreciate the access. Columnist Michelle Goldberg was particularly over the top:
Story - Thursday'a - New - York - Times
The lead story of Thursday'a New York Times, printed before the release of the report later that morning, cast suspicion on a perfectly legitimate act by the Justice Department: “Mueller Results Were Previewed For White House.”
The discussions between Justice Department officials and White House lawyers have also added to questions about the propriety of the decisions by Attorney General William P. Barr since he received Mr. Mueller’s findings late last month.
Republicans have seized on Mr. Barr’s decision to clear the president of criminal obstruction of justice and plan to try to reinvigorate their own inquiries into decision making inside the Justice Department and the F.B.I. in 2016 that prompted law enforcement officials to open the Russia investigation.
Mr - Barr - Ammunition - Efforts - Week
Mr. Barr gave ammunition to those efforts last week, when he described law enforcement surveillance of the Trump campaign as “spying.” The remark reinforced a narrative long pushed by Mr. Trump and his allies in Congress -- that a “deep state” tried to prevent Mr. Trump from becoming president and has tried to undo his presidency.
Mr. Barr’s comments sent shudders through law enforcement ranks and...
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