Dems, media relentless; focus shifts from collusion to obstruction

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Capitol Hill Democrats and many in the dominant media, their “great anticipation” unrewarded by Attorney General William P. Barr’s remarks Thursday and the release of a redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, have shifted what now appears to be a relentless attack to whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice.

Attorney General William Barr held a press conference Thursday prior to releasing the Mueller report. (Screen snip, YouTube, Fox News)

This comes after Barr, during the Thursday morning press conference, said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was insufficient evidence to establish whether the president engaged in obstruction, as noted by the Washington Examiner and other news agencies.

The redacted Mueller report spans more than 400 pages. Barr said the redactions were aimed at protecting certain investigation procedures. But that doesn’t seem to appease House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. They’re now demanding that Mueller testify before Congress.

According to the Washington Times, the two Democrats stated, “We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the special counsel’s investigation is for special counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible. The American people deserve to hear the truth.”

But isn’t that what just happened with the release of Muller’s report, and Barr’s remarks to the press? Trump defenders argue that it is Pelosi and Schumer who refuse to accept the truth, and the term “cover-up” began even before the report was released.

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) wants Mueller to appear before his committee soon.

Trump was busy tweeting “No Collusion. No Obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats—Game Over,” the Washington Examiner reported.

Underscoring what many Trump supporters think is media bias against the president, CNBC reported, “Barr’s comments, combined with his stressing multiple times that Mueller’s probe found no one associated with the Trump campaign ‘coordinated or conspired’ with Russia will only fuel more concerns about his independence.”

This may have been in reaction to Barr’s statement during the press conference that, “there was relentless speculation in the news media about the president’s personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact no collusion.”

The report acknowledges that Trump, on more than one occasion, did tell his communications team to mislead the press and public about a June 2016 meeting in the Trump Tower with a Russian attorney who allegedly promised to provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton. But according to the Washington Times, Mueller decided this did not amount to obstruction because it was not designed to impede the investigation.

As noted earlier in the week by Gary Abernathy, a contributing columnist at the Washington Post, the “mainstream media” doesn’t appear interested in giving up on the Russian collusion narrative. The press simply will not let this go, and the frustration is evident. One Associated Press report began, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report reveals how Trump repeatedly sought to seize control of the Russia probe.”

Abernathy’s column was headlined, “Admit it: Fox News has been right all along.”

Nobody in the “mainstream media” appears ready to accept that, and neither are Capitol Hill Democrats.

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