The spin has begun!
The media wasted no time in publishing “anonymous sources say” articles about the Mueller Report.
Fake news about the Mueller Report seeks to do one thing…damage President Trump.
The media has decided to speculate about the reason Attorney General Barr didn’t release summaries in the report but chose to just release the “bottom-line” findings.
President Trump called out the New York Times for their fake news:
The New York Times had no legitimate sources, which would be totally illegal, concerning the Mueller Report. In fact, they probably had no sources at all! They are a Fake News paper who have already been forced to apologize for their incorrect and very bad reporting on me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2019
The New York Times lead article on the Mueller Report says “Some on Mueller’s Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed”
The claim is that Barr intentionally mischaracterized the report’s findings. It’s a reach but the media is counting on the low information voter to buy that Barr is shady and that the ‘investigations’ into Trump must continue.
The Justice Department just came out to explain why it didn’t release more. You can bet the media will spin this too.
The media and Democrats won’t be satisfied until they completely destroy President Trump. That’s what they want even if it means releasing false information about him.
Top Democrat Jerrold Nadler has even called for the release of the entire Mueller Report when he sought to protect Bill Clinton from the release of the entire Starr Report. As head of the House Judiciary Committee, he must know that grand jury testimony cannot be released. He knew in 1998 when he spoke about it in a video (see below)!
President Trump tweeted out to Nadler to remind him of his 1998 decision:
In 1998, Rep.Jerry Nadler strongly opposed the release of the Starr Report on Bill Clinton. No information whatsoever would or could be legally released. But with the NO COLLUSION Mueller Report, which the Dems hate, he wants it all. NOTHING WILL EVER SATISFY THEM! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2019
The report includes dossier information that is false. Would any American want false information released about them without having a chance to refute it? This is why the information remains confidential.
The media pushed Barr and the Justice Department to explain their position but this is far from the end of the back and forth:
Daily Caller reports:
The Justice Department explained why it did not release summaries included in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report after reports surfaced that his investigators felt Attorney General Bill Barr mischaracterized their findings.
“Every page of the ‘confidential report’ provided to Attorney General Barr on March 22, 2019, was marked ‘May Contain Material Protected Under Fed. R. Crim. P. 6(e)’ — a law that protects confidential grand jury information — and therefore could not be publicly released,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement to The Daily Caller.
Kupec continued, “Given the extraordinary public interest in the matter, the attorney general decided to release the report’s bottom-line findings and his conclusions immediately — without attempting to summarize the report — with the understanding that the report itself would be released after the redaction process.”
Democrat Jerrold Nadler does a flip flop:
No one wants the entire Mueller Report in all its fake glory released more than Rep. Nadler. The problem is that a video has surfaced that attests to the hypocrisy of Nadler on the release of the report.
In this 1998 Charlie Rose interview Nadler says the exact opposite of what he’s saying today (transcript below).
He’s calling for the full Mueller Report to be released but in 1998 he said the opposite about Bill Clinton’s report:
Transcript of what Nadler said about releasing the Starr Report on Bill Clinton:
“Well, we were just…the House was just reassembling today. We haven’t been in session for a month, so people were just arriving.”
“I just got here in mid-afternoon, after having a series of meetings in New York. But we did get the report, which is now in the hands of the sergeant-at-arms under armed guard.”
“It’s 36 boxes. We’re told it’s two copies, so it means 18 boxes per copy. There is, I gather, a 400- or 500-page report and the balance is appendices and supporting materials.”
“Now, Mr. Starr in his transmittal letter to the speaker and the minority leader made it clear that much of this material is Federal Rule 6(e) material, that is material that by law, unless contravened by a vote of the House, must be kept secret.”
“It’s grand jury material. It represents statements which may or may not be true by various witnesses, salacious material, all kinds of material that it would be unfair to release.”
“So, I assume what’s going to have to happen before anything else happens is that somebody…the staff of the Judiciary Committee, perhaps the chairman and ranking minority member…is going to have to go over this material, at least the 400 or 500 pages in the report to determine what is fit for release and what is, as a matter of decency and protecting people’s privacy rights, people who may be totally innocent third parties, what must not be released at all.”