| April 18, 2019 10:17 AM
Rachel Maddow must have had a conniption fit when Attorney General William Barr repeatedly said that neither President Trump nor the White House had any role in the construction of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, nor in any of its redactions.
“The president’s personal lawyers were not permitted to make, and did not request, any redactions,” said Barr at a press conference Thursday ahead of the report’s public release.
He also said that the White House was given the opportunity to see the report ahead of its release in the event that it wanted to exercise any executive privilege over any of its contents.
“Following that review, the president confirmed that, in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the American people, he would not assert privilege over the Special Counsel’s report,” said Barr.
In short, all of those attributions of ill will to Barr and the White House over Barr having given the president an opportunity to see the report (all mostly done by the media) were nothing.
The Russia story, as it pertained to Trump’s 2016 campaign, and driven by the national news media, was nothing. The obstruction of justice suspicion, driven by the news media, was nothing. The hysteria over the White House having seen the Special Counsel report in advance, driven by the news media, was nothing.
I’m noticing a pattern.