1. Mueller report ethics!
- Note the names and employers of the pundits and reporters who opine on the 400 page report (to be released today around 11:00 am) before they could possibly read it. [Althouse this morning: “What can they do, once 11 rolls around, to avoid continuing to analyze the Barr presentation (which will include denouncing his decision to do a press conference and dominate the news in advance of the release of the text)? You can be cynical and say the text won’t affect the media, and everyone will keep saying what they were already saying, and that is, in fact, my baseline assumption. The TV news is awful.” Yes, it certainly is.]
- The New York Times and others are incensed that the Justice Department briefed the President on the report before it was released to the public. This is Trump Derangement, pure and unadulterated. The President has a right to see the report, and the Justice Department is part of the executive branch, which the President oversees.I’d want to be briefed ahead of the release if I were President, especially with a biased news media and a crazed “resistance” preparing to make it look as bad as possible no matter what it says. The complaint is one more entry in “Journalist making the public dumber.”
- Ken Starr, also indulging in “future news,” says that he is concerned that the report will read like an anti-Trump manifesto. I will be surprised. It is true that the Mueller had some questionably aggressive prosecutors on the team, but the report has Mueller’s name on it and it is his historical legacy. He is regarded in D.C. and in legal circles as professional and fair. I would expect him to keep the report as factual and non-political as possible.
- In Attorney General Bill Barr’s (completely appropriate) press conference this morning, he said in part,
“After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the special counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those efforts.”
Regarding that last straw we can expect the “resistance,” Democrats and the news media to grasp at, he said,
“After carefully reviewing the report and in confirmation with the department’s legal counsel and other department lawyers, the deputy attorney general and I concluded the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish the president committed an obstruction offense.”
- Former assistant U.S. attorney Andy McCarthy, who has been notable throughout this fiasco for correctly analyzing where the Mueller investigation was going and why, told Fox News, “the special counsel did not resolve the prosecutorial decision on obstruction, so this is a decision for Barr to make…they couldn’t conceivably make an obstruction case” if they had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump obstructed justice—you know, with tweets, name-calling, and firing an incompetent and untrustworthy FBI director.
2. In related garbage…The New York Times did a puff-piece on actress Laurie Metcalf, currently playing Hillary to John Lithgow’s Bill on Broadway. Twice the article gratuitously notes how dismayed she was at the results of the Mueller investigation, based on Barr’s summary. She was so hopeful, she said, that they would be able to outs Trump from office before 2020. The Times includes this offensive, idiotic, totalitarian and un-American opinion as if it’s one more reason to love Metcalf.
She’s a talented actress, but I regard her as a disgrace, as I regard anyone who professes disappointment that the President of the United States didn’t conspire with a hostile power to steal the Presidency, and who is so disrespectful of our institutions that they want to use contrived means to undo an election.
Barr said this morning, “Thanks to the special counsel’s thorough investigation, we know the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign, or the knowing assistance of any other American, for that matter. That is something all Americans can and should be grateful to have confirmed.”
Exactly. And those who are not grateful are, quite simply, bad citizens, neighbors and Americans.
3. And speaking of totalitarians…Middlebury College cancelled this lecture…
…citing students’ protests that it would make them feel unsafe. When authorities use their power to keep people “safe” from having the opportunity to hear and consider dissenting views, that’s totalitarianism.
4. Too easy? Guess which party’s legislator is sponsoring a bill in Texas that would force parents to let grandparents visit with their grandchildren. Aside from wrecking one of the nice subplots in “Home Alone,” the law would inject the law and government into parental authority and family relations, because Big Brother knows best.
5. For anyone who still takes Snopes seriously despite an IQ above freezing…
Snopes felt it had to fact check a joke article by the openly satirical Babylon Bee claiming that Socialist and economics-challenged Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) appeared on “The Price is Right” and guessed that everything was “free.”
Snopes, after duly investigating, rated the story “FALSE.” Does this mean that the staff is that stupid, or that it thinks typical Americans are that stupid? No, it means that the partisan, biased factchecker feels that it has to protect a Democratic “rock star” from satire.