Strategic hire AG Bill ‘Low’ Barr will release the redacted Mueller report to both Congress and the public on Thursday morning. Lawyers have used color coding to conceal classified or other protected information. Everything Prznint Stupid does has some element of color coding, or is that not what they mean?
Of course, Axios’ morning email thingie has the hall monitor gossip going! (Enigmatic use of bullets and embolding is theirs)
“Some of the more than a dozen current and former White House officials who cooperated with Robert Mueller are worried that his report — now expected Thursday — will expose them as the source of damaging information about President Trump, NBC’s Carol E. Lee, Hallie Jackson and Kristen Welker report.
- “They got asked questions and told the truth and now they’re worried the wrath will follow,” one former White House official said.
- Some of the officials and their lawyers have tried to find out if witnesses are named (or obvious), but “the Justice Department has refused to elaborate.”
Not to be out-done, the mean girls at Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) have their own hot dish to share! (Emphasis theirs, but the Axios disease is clearly spreading!)
“MUELLER WATCH … A lot of folks in Washington thought we’d have the Mueller report by now. One of them was Attorney General Bill Barr!
“DARREN SAMUELSOHN emailed us: “A Thursday release means Barr missed his mark by 48 hours. Recall he told House appropriators on April 9 it’d be out ‘within a week.’ He’d also written in his March 29 letter that Mueller’s report would land by mid-April ‘or sooner.’”
“ONE THING WE KNOW about the delay: It’s one day closer to Good Friday, Passover and Easter and much smaller news-consuming audiences. D.C. and Northern Virginia public schools are on spring break this week, too — meaning that many folks in and around Washington are already out of town.
“So did Barr buy Trump more time to give the Mueller report a soft landing? A source familiar with the White House planning said it had been prepping for a Tuesday or Wednesday release, and the extra time doesn’t make much of a difference except it now has a date and approximate time certain. All eyes will be on Trump and how he responds, whether it be with a White House statement, a tweet or with remarks to reporters as he heads out to Marine One for what’s expected to be an Easter weekend at Mar-a-Lago.”
Only a few people know what the report says, and fewer know exactly what will be redacted, so expect this release to go off the hook. Everyone is going to be ticked by the redactions, both pro and con.
500 Quatloos says that we will be hearing a lot more about Obstruction everywhere but Fox News, which will probably cut away to the scourge of Violent Panda Sex again.