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Mueller’s ‘Insufficient Evidence’ Doesn’t Mean What Trump Says It Does

  • A turn of phrase that’s been embraced as a GOP talking point
  • Hunger for sound bites distorts findings on obstruction
The Mueller Report

The Mueller Report

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On the subject of Robert Mueller, Democrats and Republicans could probably agree on at least one thing: He’s not a sound-bite guy.

The special counsel’s report on Russian interference weighed in at 448 pages. Befitting the former U.S. Marine, it’s thorough, exhaustive in detail, even exasperating in its attention to fine legal arguments and Justice Department policy guidelines. Speaking about it publicly for the first time on Wednesday, Mueller made a point to say that the pages contained his words, carefully chosen.