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Robert Mueller seems to have been an honorable, patriotic public servant in every government job he’s had — United States Marine, federal prosecutor, F.B.I director, special counsel and more. But he is not perfect. It’s now clear that he mishandled the end of the Russia investigation.
Mueller naively trusted that William Barr, the attorney general, would act honorably and patriotically, as well, and let Barr decide how to handle the initial release of Mueller’s report. Barr, of course, wrote a letter that misled the public about what was in the report, creating a perception that the investigation cleared President Trump.
“For 27 days, the debate over Mueller’s findings was twisted by Barr’s poisonous distortions that implied a full exoneration of President Trump,” as The Washington Post’s E. J. Dionne wrote yesterday. Mueller himself has since complained to Barr about the letter.
What could Mueller have done differently? He could have recognized that Barr wasn’t trustworthy, given that Trump had nominated him for the attorney general job largely because Barr had expressed hostility to Mueller’s investigation. Mueller could then have acted accordingly.
He could have insisted that Barr release a summary written by Mueller and his team. Mueller may not have had the statutory power to insist on such a release, but he did have the actual power. If Barr had refused, Mueller could have made clear that his own summary would leak to the press, in short order. Yes, that’s how politics sometimes works.
I understand why Mueller took the gentler route. He and Barr had been friends for years, and Mueller has a reputation as a tight-lipped rule follower. In this case, though, his boy scout nature allowed him to be manipulated.
It’s impossible to know whether it will ultimately matter. Maybe an accurate initial summary of Mueller’s investigation wouldn’t have changed Americans’ view of Trump’s behavior. We’ll never know. In that way, Barr has served Trump very well — as his fixer, rather than as the nation’s top law-enforcement officer.
Barr’s rough day
Barr went before the Senate to testify yesterday, and he didn’t do well.
“How can Bill Barr possibly continue to lead the Department of Justice, the only federal agency with a moral value in its very name, after this shocking performance?” asked Lawfare’s Susan Hennessey.
Barr offered a litany of shocking views during his testimony, as the journalist Marcy Wheeler points out. Among those views: A president who feels wrongly accused can undermine an investigation without committing obstruction. “Several times during the hearing, it seemed [Barr] still has not read the report, as he was unfamiliar with allegations in it,” Wheeler writes.
Barr and the Trump administration have staked out the legal position that anything that rankles the president — congressional oversight, press coverage, the Mueller investigation itself — is illegitimate, writes Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick. “It’s Nixonian in scope to imply that anything Trump wants to do in order to push back against the media and protect his reputation is legal and justified,” she writes.
Neal Katyal, who wrote the special counsel regulations, offers a more optimistic take in The Times. He argues that Barr’s failure to defend his spin under congressional questioning is evidence that the system is working. “Barr’s deeply evasive testimony on Wednesday necessitates and tees up a full investigation in Congress,” Katyal writes.
Mueller’s letter of complaint about Barr was extraordinary, says Wired’s Garrett Graff, who wrote a book about Mueller’s tenure as F.B.I. director. “I’ve read just about every word Bob Mueller has ever said publicly or published. He’s written precisely one letter like the angry one he sent to Barr: It excoriated Scotland for letting the Pan Am 103 bomber out of prison,” Graff tweeted.
The Times’s editorial board writes: “For an institutionalist like Mr. Mueller, who never once spoke up to defend himself or his work from relentless attacks from the president and his Republican allies, the letter is an unusual (and welcome) breach of protocol.”
Who came out of the hearing looking good? The consensus answer seems to be Kamala Harris. “An attorney general whose slipperiness and legalistic hairsplitting had frustrated Democrats for several hours finally appeared to be caught off-guard,” The Atlantic’s Russell Berman writes.
Fixing criminal justice
Is it possible to put many fewer Americans behind bars and still keep crime as low as it’s been in recent years? Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and I debate that question on the latest episode of The Argument podcast. Michelle also talks with Emily Bazelon, the author of a new book on the power of prosecutors.
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马会2016全年开奖结果（【未】【改】） 【人】【非】【圣】【贤】，【孰】【能】【无】【过】，【韩】【冬】【这】【一】【次】【所】【犯】【的】【事】【情】【可】【真】【是】【不】【小】。 【郭】【钊】【一】【行】【人】【赶】【到】【京】【城】【的】【时】【候】，【韩】【冬】【已】【经】【控】【制】【了】【大】【部】【分】【的】【朝】【臣】，【甚】【至】【别】【说】【是】【控】【制】，【有】【相】【当】【大】【的】【一】【批】【朝】【臣】【已】【经】【被】【韩】【冬】【正】【法】【了】。 【韩】【冬】【是】【个】【将】【才】，【但】【是】【他】【并】【不】【是】【个】【政】【治】【能】【人】。【这】【帮】【朝】【臣】【虽】【然】【与】【他】【韩】【冬】【不】【和】【甚】【至】【是】【想】【要】【杀】【他】，【但】【是】【他】【们】【背】【后】【的】【家】【族】
【宁】【宸】【领】【着】【小】【伙】【伴】【们】【走】【向】【训】【练】【室】【的】【一】【角】。 【这】【里】【有】【一】【扇】【门】，【门】【上】【有】【一】【张】【电】【子】【显】【示】【板】，【上】【面】【正】【在】***。 【一】【旦】***【归】【零】，【就】【代】【表】【里】【面】【那】【人】【的】【使】【用】【时】【间】【结】【束】。【等】【那】【人】【从】【模】【拟】【空】【间】【里】【出】【来】，【废】【材】【营】【就】【可】【以】【进】【去】【使】【用】【这】【个】【房】【间】【了】。 【宁】【宸】【面】【无】【表】【情】【的】。 【四】【院】【那】【边】【仍】【然】【在】【挑】【衅】。 【他】【瞅】【瞅】【这】【个】，【瞅】【瞅】【那】【个】，【想】【了】【想】，
【二】【人】【走】【走】【停】【停】，【将】【整】【个】【院】【子】【逛】【下】【来】，【竟】【然】【用】【了】【一】【个】【时】【辰】。【云】【乔】【今】【日】【显】【然】【有】【些】【兴】【奋】，【她】【叽】【叽】【喳】【喳】【地】【说】【个】【不】【停】…… “【这】【排】【房】【间】【应】【该】【做】【为】【寝】【室】！” “【这】【里】【还】【要】【再】【阔】【一】【块】【草】【坪】！” “【对】【了】，【这】【里】【最】【好】【再】【栽】【几】【颗】【合】【欢】【树】，【夏】【日】【微】【风】【拂】【起】，【那】【一】【团】【团】【粉】【红】【的】【绒】【花】，【就】【如】【同】【绿】【浪】【上】【浮】【动】【的】【粉】【红】【色】【祥】【云】！【我】【记】【得】【我】【小】【的】【时】【候】…
【时】【间】【过】【得】【真】【快】，【一】【转】【眼】【小】【宝】【贝】【已】【经】【快】【两】【岁】。 【她】【顽】【皮】【又】【可】【爱】！【林】【苗】【每】【天】【上】【班】【下】【班】，【回】【到】【家】【自】【己】【的】【女】【儿】【蹦】【蹦】【跳】【跳】【地】【围】【在】【身】【边】，【小】【日】【子】【过】【得】【美】【美】【哒】！ 【两】【年】【后】 【星】【期】【五】【的】【下】【午】，【她】【忙】【完】【工】【作】【刚】【想】【下】【班】【回】【家】。【手】【机】【屏】【幕】【亮】【了】，【林】【苗】【划】【开】【屏】【幕】，【是】【老】【妈】【的】【电】【话】【号】【码】。 【耳】【边】【响】【起】【一】【个】【稚】【嫩】【的】【声】【音】！ “【妈】【妈】，【你】【快】【回】【来】
【科】【比】，【是】NBA【历】【史】【上】【除】【了】【乔】【丹】【外】【影】【响】【力】【最】【大】【的】【一】【名】【球】【员】，【也】【因】【为】【职】【业】【生】【涯】【中】【很】【多】【方】【面】【都】【酷】【似】【乔】【丹】，【因】【此】【受】【到】【了】【球】【迷】【们】【的】【喜】【欢】，【而】【且】【在】【职】【业】【生】【涯】【也】【在】【赛】【场】【上】【留】【下】【了】【众】【多】【的】【纪】【录】，【有】【些】【直】【到】【现】【在】【都】【没】【被】【打】【破】，【再】【加】【上】【身】【价】【不】【菲】，【家】【中】【有】【漂】【亮】【的】【妻】【子】，【还】【有】【可】【爱】【的】【女】【儿】，【按】【理】【说】【人】【生】【已】【经】【是】【完】【美】【了】，【但】【是】【对】【于】【很】【多】【国】【内】【的】【球】【迷】【而】【言】，【科】【比】【的】【人】【生】【也】【存】【在】【着】【污】【点】。马会2016全年开奖结果【致】【谢】！！ 【来】【到】【这】【里】【的】【各】【位】，【无】【论】【你】【在】【哪】【里】【看】【到】【这】【话】，【都】【不】【要】【以】【为】【这】【书】【还】【在】【更】【新】… 【书】！ 【确】【实】【已】【经】【完】【结】【了】！！ 【虽】【然】【少】【写】【了】【几】【个】【世】【界】【左】【右】，【但】【写】【下】【去】【也】【是】【空】【乏】【其】【味】【的】… 【这】【书】【的】【主】【体】【在】【两】【百】【章】【到】【三】【百】【章】【时】，【已】【经】【宣】【告】【了】【结】【束】，【其】【他】【各】【种】【搞】【笑】【的】【东】【西】，【作】【者】【也】【写】【不】【出】【来】【了】！ 【各】【位】【也】【看】【到】【了】，【这】【书】【并】【不】【是】【热】
【慕】【星】【阑】【陪】【唐】【清】【莞】【一】【同】【进】【了】【慕】【容】【府】。 【在】【下】【人】【的】【带】【领】【下】，【他】【们】【很】【快】【来】【到】【了】【花】【厅】。 【一】【别】【半】【年】，【唐】【清】【莞】【即】【将】【为】【人】【母】，【而】【慕】【容】【晴】【也】【成】【了】【慕】【容】【家】【的】【族】【长】。 【即】【便】【有】【心】【里】【准】【备】，【唐】【清】【莞】【再】【次】【见】【到】【慕】【容】【晴】，【心】【底】【还】【是】【掠】【过】【来】【一】【丝】【惊】【讶】。 【曾】【经】【那】【个】【怯】【弱】【卑】【微】【的】【少】【女】【早】【已】【成】【为】【眉】【眼】【狠】【戾】、【桀】【骜】【冰】【冷】【的】【慕】【容】【族】【长】。 【然】【而】，【慕】【容】
【不】【用】【说】【的】，【这】【件】【事】【情】，【根】【本】【就】【没】【有】【的】【商】【量】，【就】【算】【是】【现】【在】【又】【在】【这】【里】【商】【量】【了】，【可】【是】【那】【又】【如】【何】【呢】？ 【这】【种】【事】【情】，【她】【如】【果】【不】【说】【可】【以】【的】【话】，【谁】【又】【可】【以】【说】【呢】？【就】【算】【这】【些】【人】，【在】【这】【里】【自】【以】【为】【是】【的】。 “【伊】【伊】，【你】【不】【需】【要】【听】【江】【叔】【叔】【的】【话】，【他】【啊】，【没】【有】【脑】【子】，【不】【辨】【是】【非】，【以】【后】【有】【什】【么】【事】【情】，【和】【阿】【姨】【说】，【知】【道】【吗】？”【那】【么】【温】【柔】【的】【声】【音】，【和】【昨】
“【这】【混】【蛋】【又】【下】【来】【了】！” “【躲】【开】，【躲】【开】！” “【啪】！” “【嘈】，【忒】【么】【的】【又】【踩】【爆】【一】【个】！” “【混】【蛋】！” 【在】【人】【群】【惊】【骇】【的】【大】【喊】【声】【里】，【从】【人】【群】【头】【顶】【高】【高】【飞】【跃】【的】【柳】【江】【天】，【再】【次】【强】【横】【的】【踩】【爆】【了】【一】【颗】【血】【淋】【淋】【的】【头】【颅】。 【直】【扑】【场】【地】【中】【央】。 “【上】【马】，【上】【马】！” “【唰】~” “【唰】~” “【聿】！” 【而】【在】【场】【地】【外】【围】
【金】【属】【交】【鸣】【之】【声】【过】【去】【以】【后】， 【全】【场】【鸦】【雀】【无】【声】！ 【许】【久】【之】【后】， 【陈】【孤】【魂】【听】【到】【来】【自】【于】【系】【统】【的】【数】【道】【提】【示】，【抵】【在】【顾】【全】【双】【枪】【枪】【刃】【上】【的】【指】【虎】【陡】【然】【失】【去】【了】【力】【道】，“【这】……【这】…【究】【竟】【怎】【么】【回】【事】？ 【你】…【你】………【你】【到】【底】【做】【了】【什】【么】？！” 【此】【刻】，【明】【明】【是】【自】【己】【等】【人】【发】【动】【了】【袭】【击】，【转】【眼】【间】【己】【方】【却】【被】【淘】【汰】【掉】【了】【三】【人】，【而】【对】【方】【却】【依】【然】【还】【是】【毫】