MSNBC and CNN are both having apoplexies this evening over Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky’s just-published Washington Post article, with the headline:
Mueller complained that Barr’s letter did not capture ‘context’ of Trump probe
The usual gang of Trump haters is howling that this means Attorney General William Barr misrepresented the mueller report…which, I suppose, also means there really was collusion and obstruction of justice but it was masked by Mr. Barr.
There is a bit of a problem, though.
Buried well into the article – paragraph 12, to be exact – we have this (bold print mine):
When Barr pressed Mueller on whether he thought Barr’s memo to Congress was inaccurate, Mueller said he did not but felt that the media coverage of it was misinterpreting the investigation, officials said.
And then, in paragraph 17, it says this (bold print mine:
“After the Attorney General received Special Counsel Mueller’s letter, he called him to discuss it,” a Justice Department spokeswoman said Tuesday evening. “In a cordial and professional conversation, the Special Counsel emphasized that nothing in the Attorney General’s March 24 letter was inaccurate or misleading. But, he expressed frustration over the lack of context and the resulting media coverage regarding the Special Counsel’s obstruction analysis. They then discussed whether additional context from the report would be helpful and could be quickly released.
So what do we have here?
What we have is mueller saying that the memo is accurate, and that nothing in it is inaccurate or misleading.
In other words, a big fat NOTHINGBURGER.
But there they go again: media trying to take this big fat NOTHINGBURGER and insinuate it into a frontal attack on William Barr and, by inference, Donald Trump…
…which, sad to say, many in the public will be fooled into believing, just like they were fooled into believing Trump called neo-nazis “very fine people”.
How sad to see them played this way.
And how despicable for the media who are playing them.