4/19/2019

ESSENTIAL #1: “REPORT ON THE INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION” ROBERT S. MUELLER

Note from the Editor-in-Chief: Everyone is still processing this report, so read commentary and analysis with care and skepticism as things continue to develop. Here’s the full report for you to read yourself.

ESSENTIAL #2: “THE MUELLER REPORT IS 448 PAGES LONG. YOU NEED TO KNOW THESE 7 THINGS.” MATT APUZZO AND ADAM GOLDMAN, THE NEW YORK TIMES

ESSENTIAL #3: “THE PROBLEM WITH THE MUELLER REPORT” EDITORS, NATIONAL REVIEW

From the article: “The Trump campaign was amateurish and without scruple in exploiting the WikiLeaks disclosures, but we all could have agreed on that long ago, without a years-long special-counsel investigation. Indeed, given how unlikely collusion always was and how far the evidence gathered by Mueller is from showing  it, one wonders why the special counsel couldn’t have issued an interim report long ago, dispelling the persistent — and poisonous — idea that Trump was about to be proven a traitor.

The business end of the Mueller report is the second volume, on obstruction. The investigation ended up following the typical pattern of special-counsel probes on a much larger scale — fixating on process crimes even when there is no underlying offense. Only in this case, the target was the president of the United States.”

ESSENTIAL #4: “THE MUELLER REPORT IS AN IMPEACHMENT REFERRAL” YONI APPLEBAUM, THE ATLANTIC

From the article: “The redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report released on Thursday runs 448 pages. But its most important implication can be summarized in a single sentence: There is sufficient evidence that President Donald Trump obstructed justice to merit impeachment hearings.

A basic principle lies at the heart of the American criminal-justice system: The accused is entitled to a fair defense and a chance to clear his name. Every American is entitled to this protection, from the humblest citizen all the way up to the chief executive. And that, Mueller explained in his report, is why criminal allegations against a sitting president should be considered by Congress and not the Justice Department. The Mueller report, in short, is an impeachment referral.”