Mulling Over the Mueller Report (and How It’s Been Spun)


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Trump’s Personal Attorney (General) Bill Barr spins the Mueller Report , with the DOJ logo protected by shrink wrap, while Rod Rosenstein tries to will himself to disappear.

This is a pretty momentous day here in America.  Specifically, I may have successfully fixed my computer, meaning that I can return to blogging more regularly.  Sadly, that great accomplishment was completed at about 5:30 a.m., so I slept through the presentation of the Mueller Report. and have spent the past few hours trying to catch up on the news and trying to see if my copy of Photoshop works again.  (It does!  And I’m already abusing it)  The release of the Mueller Report itself was also monumental, of course, in its way.

I’m going to try to collect some of the more interesting, insightful, and intriguing aspects of the Report (the “R” gets capitalists for now) for Juice readers’ convenience.  I’ll time stamp their appearance using military time.

14:40: The most important thing to read is the executive summaries from the Mueller Report, which PAG Barr — “PAG” refers to his merging the positions of “Private Attorney” and “Attorney General” — ignored in his previous summary and pretty much again today.  When you’re done with that, if you want to reach the whole think online, here you go.  I’ll find you a download later today.  Here are Barr’s prepared remarks, which don’t include his non-answer to the last question posed by a reporter, about whether it was fair for him to hold a press conference to spin the report before the public had a chance to read it.  (His honest answer would probably have been somewhere between “sure” and “guards, arrest him!”)


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)