Fact Check: Is The Mueller Report Really Being Whitewashed?

Fact Check: Is The Mueller Report Really Being Whitewashed?

Supporters of President Trump were delighted when the Mueller report was finally released last month — because, after all the leftist gloating about how it was going to lead to the president’s downfall and incarceration, it completely exonerated him of any collusion with Russia. Never underestimate how far a leftist will go in the quest to be wrong, though. Now there are claims in the New York Times and Washington Post that the report is a lot worse for Trump than is being revealed. How accurate are these claims? Well, we can all guess, but just for fun let’s take a look.

Highlights

  • The Mueller report was released to Attorney General Bill Barr on March 22nd. With so much public interest there was pressure to release the report immediately — but a lot of its contents is classified. Under laws set up to protect grand juries, it had to be redacted before release.
  • As a compromise, Barr released a summary and his conclusions right away, with the full report to follow once it had been redacted. That satisfied most people and got the important information out to the public as fast as possible.
  • However, almost immediately, conspiracy theories about why the full report hadn’t been released started to do the rounds. These were given legitimacy last week when two leading newspapers published stories claiming some of Mueller’s team were unhappy with Barr’s releases.
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  • According to the NYT and WaPo, investigators say that Mueller’s team had prepared their own summaries, which Barr decided not to release. Allegedly, these summaries tell a different story about Trump/Russia collusion.
  • It’s also reported that members of the Mueller team claimed there was “significant and damaging” evidence against the president that hasn’t made it into the public eye.
  • However, there’s no evidence to back up any of these allegations. None of the team members who are supposedly unhappy about the summaries have been named. None of them could give any explanation of what evidence has been concealed.
  • In short, these are just rumors being spread by people who don’t like the president. If any of Mueller’s investigators really did have evidence that collusion was being whitewashed, they’d be a hero to millions of Americans if they released it. They haven’t. Why? Most likely because it just isn’t there.
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  • Now the DOJ has hit back against the media claims. In a public statement, a spokesman said Barr didn’t believe the information in the report should be trickled out — it should wait for the full redacted report to be ready. That should be done by mid-April, so expect more leftist outrage as President Trump’s innocence is even more firmly established.