The big news from Attorney General William Barr’s brief letter about the contents of the unreleased Mueller report is that Trump might be guilty of obstruction of justice. While Barr argued that, in his own judgement, he did not think there was enough evidence to charge Trump with a crime, he nonetheless confirmed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team had found much evidence of possible obstruction of justice and included it in the report.
What is that evidence in particular? We will not know until the Trump administration actually releases the Mueller report. Media coverage of Barr’s letter has been distorted, focusing on Barr’s letter as if it represents the Mueller report.
“A Cloud Over Trump’s Presidency Is Lifted,” Peter Baker, New York Times
“Trump, falsely accused of collusion, faces new onslaught of obstruction accusations,” Byron York, Washington Examiner
“For Democrats, the Mueller report turns their politics upside down,” Dan Balz, Washington Post
The Washington Post headline strangely refers to “the Mueller report” even though no such report has been released. By now, after the Trump administration has lied about everything from the crowd size of the inauguration, the results of the 2016 election, the size of his electoral college victory, and whether or not they met with Russian officials, the press and observers should know enough to not immediately take anything the Trump administration says as the gospel.