Reporter’s Notebook: Mueller-probe results with a different kind of March Madness trigger on Capitol Hill

nearvideo Kevin McCarthy says it is time for the Democrats and America ‘forward’ past the Müller-report

CAPITOL HILL – in Iowa Cincinnati was upset. Oregon tipping off against Wisconsin. And everyone had just learned that the basketball team of the University of California-Irvine is known as the anteater.

But only a few within the ring road, the exhaust was madness on the March and efforts of the hard wood.

It news watch was “” in Washington.

Of course, the word coming just before 5 PM on Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller had finished his investigation and delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr.

It went this way, because things like this always go down this way in Washington.

Last week there was speculation that the report may come Tuesday. Also Wednesday.


Really? Wednesday? Someone really think that Müller probe. end in the middle of the “First Four” play-in games in Dayton North Carolina Central vs. North Dakota State? Doubtful.

Friday Afternoon?


The only roles the Art, Washington.

Dinner plans to be delayed. Date nights to be broken. Reporter sipping in the bar cocktails, rushing back to the office. On weekend trips to Virginia wineries moved.

Everyone on the at this weekend in Washington.

There were few, if any, the legislator noise on the Capitol by 7 p.m. on Friday. The house and the Senate had during the break about a week. But the reporters were all in the air from the Russell Rotunda, hammering on their computers in the media, and galleries to walk through the Senate of the U-Bahn station.

All she knew for sure, was on Friday that the report was in Barr’s possession, the attorney-General would soon be a memo to brief the legislators to produce the results (come on Sunday, while the Washington/North Carolina tilt), and Müller would not indict anyone in connection with his probe.

This was not much of a story. But perhaps Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said it best, channeling Winston Churchill: “It is the end of the beginning. But it is not the beginning of the end.”


This is not to stop lawmakers in both parties from firing a fusillade of press releases to reporters on Friday and Saturday. You speculated on Muller’s conclusions and outlines the story to their own advantage.

On Saturday, the Democrats, the fact that Müller’s inquest welcomed produced more than 30 charges. She pointed to the convictions of President Trump, the former campaign Manager Paul Manafort, a former confidant of Michael Cohen.

“The reports that confirm it, no new charges, what we already knew: there was no agreement with Russia,” said House Minority whip Steve Scalise, R-La., on the Friday night. “The only consultation was between the Democrats and many in the media, with this lie, because they continue to refuse, the results of the election in 2016.”

Müller began his study in the Ma, in 2017. Many Republicans complained on the way about the length of his request. President-alleged loyalists, the investigation dragged on too long.

For context, the Watergate investigation took four years. The Iran-Contra probe, a consumed six-and-a-half years. The examination of the areas in Arkansas known as “whitewater”, the President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, transmogrified in the Monica Lewinsky investigation. It absorbs seven years.

The house of representatives voted 420-0 (with four Republicans to force the vote “present”) on a non-binding resolution earlier this month, Miller and Barr published the report. It is unclear whether this will happen – although some lawmakers have proposed, you have a subpoena for the document.


Things were very much different, if you then-Independent Counsel Ken Starr investigated President Clinton. This is because the Starr probe was fundamentally different than the fee for millers. Rigid-operated advise, under any other Statute as an “independent lawyer.” The old law, which is now expired, and granted to Starr. This is how the probe began in 1994. There is a view in the white water, and the curious death of Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster, first Independent Prosecutor, Robert Fiske, was, before morphing into the President’s involvement with Lewinsky.

Because of the law, Starr reported, a three-judge panel in Washington – outside the scope of the justice Department. Starr delivered his report to Congress in the late summer of 1998. The house of representatives voted to publish a few days later the report.

After the release of the Starr report, some lawmakers, the Statute claims to broad and independent advice given to a lot of room. The Congress has a Statute, the independent counsel renew advise. He wrote a new one, the “special councils” in the year 1999. Special councils under the auspices of the Ministry of justice.

It would be more supervision for special councils under the DOJ umbrella. But questions arise about the “independence” of such special Council, which ultimately reports to the attorney General.


House Democrats convened a conference call with rank-and-file members Saturday afternoon. Six house-Democratic-Committee-the Chairman of the main speakers on the call. They told Democrats that, just because Müller was the investigation does not mean that everything is Packed.

Some of the sources with whom Fox News spoke to played down the idea that the call was an effort to placate Democrats who want to go for the jugular, and with the administration. But other sources indicated that the Democrats tried to rein in the colleagues and get behind your probes.

A predominant theme on the call was whether or not the DOJ decided that a sitting President could not be indicted. To keep track of In other words, perhaps Müller was not willing, or not enough information for tracking the President, so what I might do in the Congress? Democratic chairs from the point that you could continue, if the facts take it.


Democrats, Fox News, you never take impeachment mentioned on the call.said

By the time Buffalo Texas Tech played on Sunday afternoon, Democrats, and the possibility of a whitewash, pinning what was the debt on Barr.

“Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, in a joint statement. “Because Mr. Barr is a public record of bias against the Special Counsel’s request, he is not a neutral observer, and not in the location, objective investigation of the report.”

Many Democrats are now demanding to see Barr and Miller testify before the Congress, if there is daylight between them. Barr, wrote in his letter that he has drawn conclusions, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, without consultation with Muller. The letters Barr and Rosenstein interpretations of what is written Müller represented. So, the legislature wants to see if Barr or Rosenstein jumped to conclusions of your own, or, if the letter was in accordance with Müller the results.


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, and other Committee Chairpersons for documents from the administration. You want to cull through the information to see if it has a similar result as Müller, Barr or Rosenstein. You want to decide for yourself if the results are justified.

Democrats need to be careful, politically, if you make more with deeper inquiries. You risk overplaying your hand if you question what found Muller and Barr’s summation. Democrats won control of the house, not because of the success in the districts represented by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, they flipped the house, because of the wins represented by moderate Democrats in battleground districts in Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, California, New Jersey, Michigan, Maine and Iowa. Press hard against the President, the capacity for Democrats could threaten to keep these seats.

By the same token, Democrats, might find it advantageous to hammer on the President. If that were the case, you would have to lift a page from the GOP playbook. House Republicans assembled to examine a select Committee, the American reaction to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. In 2015 interview on Fox News, Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., then the House majority leader, suggested that the Republicans on behalf of the Benghazi Committee to weaken Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate. Democrats research could be approaches to use to doubts about President Trump and his management in the year 2020.

Finally, Republicans in Congress don’t have a rich agenda for the year. Have you spent a lot of criticize of your time to how Democrats dealt with the remarks of the liberal-Democratic newcomers. Congressional Republicans will probably change their message to denounce Democrats for the prosecution of Trump, in spite of the Miller report and the Barr memo.


Congress rolls back into town on Monday after a week-long break. The University of Central Florida upset almost Duke.

We will see what message, tap next weekend for the Sweet Sixteen.

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