🎧 Look Back in Anger | On the Media | WNYC Studios

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The Cohen testimony, a new Breaking News Consumer's Handbook, the risks of laundering our hot takes through history, and the story of an infamous Nazi rally.

When President Trump’s former personal lawyer testified in front of Congress this week, it was both captivating and oddly familiar. This week, On the Media looks at the tropes that ran through the hearings, and offers a guide to news consumers trying to understand the tangled threads of the Mueller investigation. Plus, a sideways glance at historical hot takes and a second look at an infamous Nazi rally in the heart of New York City. 

1. Bob and Brooke on Michael Cohen's enthralling testimony this week. Listen.

2. Eric Umansky [@ericuman], co-host of Trump, Inc. from WNYC Studios and ProPublica, on how news consumers can best understand Mueller-related news. Listen.

3. Corey Robin [@CoreyRobin], political theorist, on the tendency for journalists to launder their hot takes through history. Listen.

4. Marshall Curry [@marshallcurry], documentary filmmaker, on his Oscar-nominated short, A Night At The GardenListen.

CORRECTION: In the opening segment, we describe U.S. Representative Jim Cooper, of Tennessee, as belonging to the wrong political party. Rep. Cooper is a Democrat.

📺 ‘This Week’ 4-21-19: Kellyanne Conway and Rep. Adam Schiff | ABC

Watched 'This Week' 4-21-19: Kellyanne Conway and Rep. Adam Schiff by Martha Raddatz from ABC News
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff are on "This Week" Sunday, April 21.

I really just can’t stand to watch Kellyanne Conway lie and mischaracterize so blatantly. How she does this with a straight face is just so beyond me.

👓 A Reader’s Guide to the Journalism Behind the Mueller Report | New York Times

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If some of the revelations in Robert S. Mueller III’s redacted report sound familiar, it’s because many of them were previously published by The New York Times and other news outlets.

👓 How Barr and Trump Use a Russian Disinformation Tactic | New York Times

Read Opinion | How Barr and Trump Use a Russian Disinformation Tactic (New York Times)
They were able to define “collusion” to benefit themselves. Don’t let them twist meanings again with their “spying” investigation.

👓 The Mueller report redactions, explained in 4 charts | Vox

Read The Mueller report redactions, explained in 4 charts by Alvin Chang (Vox)
We can’t see behind the bars. But we can see where they are — and why they’re there.

📺 The end of the special counsel’s investigation, but the start of a political war | Washington Week | PBS

Watched The end of the special counsel’s investigation, but the start of a political war from Washington Week | PBS
After the release of Mueller’s report this week, the panelists discussed what the report reveals, the questions it raises, and the impact it may have on the Trump presidency.
Replied to Hypothes.is and Remi Kalir on Twitter (Twitter)

Here’s a link to the report from CNN with searchable text, which means that you won’t get all the orphaned comments and annotations other versions of the Mueller Report will show using Hypothes.is.

https://via.hypothes.is/cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2019/images/04/18/mueller-report-searchable.pdf

Read What you need to know about the Mueller report (cnn.com)

The Department of Justice released special counsel Robert Mueller's long awaited report earlier this morning.

The report — which only included "limited" redactions, according to Attorney General William Barr — detailed his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

The bottom line: We learned a lot.

You can read the full report for yourself, or get caught up with these key takeaways:

  • Mueller was unable to conclude that “no criminal conduct occurred.” The investigation was also unable to clear President Trump on obstruction. The report states that the evidence obtained “about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred.”
  • Why obstruction by Trump failed: Efforts by Trump to obstruct justice failed because others refused to "carry out orders," the report said.
  • Trump tried to remove Mueller: Trump called former White House lawyer Don McGahn at home and directed him to call the acting attorney general and say Mueller "had conflicts of interest and must be removed." McGahn refused.
  • What the Trump campaign knew: The special counsel’s investigation into possible collusion found that members of the Trump campaign knew they would benefit from Russia’s illegal actions to influence the election, but didn’t take criminal steps to help, the report said.
  • Why Mueller didn’t subpoena Trump: The special counsel believed it had the authority to subpoena President Trump — but decided against doing so because it would delay the investigation, according to the report. Prosecutors also believed they already had a substantial amount of evidence.
  • Sarah Sanders misled the media about the firing of the FBI director: The White House press secretary conceded in an interview with Mueller she made statements to the media that were not based in fact.
  • Trump dropped F-bomb after Mueller got the job: In May 2017, shortly after Trump learned from his then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had appointed Mueller, Trump “slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I'm f***ed.’”
  • Mueller said Trump's public acts can be considered obstruction: The special counsel wrote about how the President’s public comments can be considered as obstruction efforts because of his power.
  • Congress has the right to investigate: Mueller’s report laid out the case for why Congress is able to investigate and take action against Trump on obstruction of justice.
  • Trump asked campaign aides to find Clinton’s emails: After Trump publicly asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails at a July 2016 press conference, he privately and repeatedly “asked individuals affiliated with his campaign to find the deleted Clinton emails,” the report said.
  • Mueller considered different possible collusion crimes: The special counsel looked at potential crimes outside of conspiracy as he investigated collusion —including crimes under campaign finance law and regarding individuals potentially acting as illegal foreign agents for the Russian government.
  • Mueller investigated rumored compromising tapes of Trump in Moscow: The special counsel examined whether Trump learned during the presidential campaign of the rumored existence of compromising tapes made of him years earlier when he visited Moscow.

🎧 The Daily: New Insights Into the Mueller Report | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: New Insights Into the Mueller Report from New York Times

The attorney general turned a report of nearly 400 pages into a four-page summary. Members of the special counsel’s team say something was lost.

🎧 The Daily: Why Didn’t Mueller Decide on Obstruction? | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: Why Didn’t Mueller Decide on Obstruction? from New York Times

The special counsel came to no conclusion on whether President Trump illegally obstructed justice. The attorney general, a recent political appointee, stepped in.

🎧 The Daily: Coordination: Not Established. Obstruction: More Complicated. | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: Coordination: Not Established. Obstruction: More Complicated. from New York Times

What does the Mueller report say? The attorney general offered an early glimpse.

🎧 The Daily: Special Edition: Robert Mueller Submits His Report | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: Special Edition: Robert Mueller Submits His Report from New York Times

The investigation that has consumed the country and cast a shadow over the Trump presidency for almost two years has come to a close.

👓 Some on Mueller’s Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed | New York Times

Read Some on Mueller’s Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed (New York Times)
Members of the special counsel’s team have told associates that their findings are more troubling for President Trump than the attorney general indicated.
Watched March 25, 2019 - PBS NewsHour from PBS
Monday on the NewsHour, Republicans say the Mueller report exonerates President Trump, as Democrats insist the full report must be shared with Congress and the public. Plus: Analyzing the Mueller report with Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Kellyanne Conway, how Russia intervened in U.S. elections, legal analysis of the Barr summary, the latest on Brexit and Roger Rosenblatt on reacting to the news.

🎧 The Daily: Part 3: What to Expect When You’re Expecting (the Mueller Report) | New York Times

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A conversation with Representative Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, about how Congress is preparing for the results of the special counsel investigation.

It was kind of refreshing to hear the general calmness, demeanor, and complete logic coming from Nadler on this topic. I wish the Republicans could talk about issues in such a straightforward manner without bending over backwards to weaponize their speech and pushing rhetoric over general principles.

Republicans should be acting in a manner as if they actually believed in the Golden Rule as they’re soon going to be wishing they had done the same while they were in power.