Trump’s ‘total exoneration’ is starting to crumble

bdmetronews Desk॥ Nearly two weeks ago, Attorney General William Barr’s summary of Robert Mueller’s investigation of collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and possible obstruction of justice shook up the worldview of the entire political and journalistic establishment.

Barr’s four-page appraisal of Mueller’s nearly 400-page report was read as vindicating Trump of all wrongdoing, and set off euphoric celebrations on Fox News, among the president’s Republican loyalists in Congress and, of course, from the commander in chief himself.

Indeed, while Barr’s book report specifically noted that Mueller’s report “does not exonerate” the president, the upshot of the investigation was that Trump would be spared criminal prosecution. With the possible exception of Fox Business News host Lou Dobbs, no one crowed louder over the investigation’s apparent conclusions louder than Trump himself.

But as Barr set about considering which portions of the report were suitable for public view and which would be forever buried beneath a redacting tool’s bold black lines, cracks began appearing in the case-closed façade.

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