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Trump White House braces for full Mueller report

14/04/2019

An article at Politico by Eliana Johnson, Daniel Lippman and Darren Samuelsohn

on the attitudes at Trump’s White House on the coming release of the Mueller Report (redacted?)

There appears to be a belief that effectively nothing will come of the release, as they are taking refuge in the claim of exoneration

Even as more than a dozen Trump aides and associates interviewed by POLITICO professed confidence that the report would inflict little new damage on a president they say has already been exonerated by Barr, some Trump allies say the White House is in for a rude awakening.

The confetti and streamers that followed Barr’s letter last month were “completely unfounded,” said a former White House official, who called his former colleagues “blissfully unaware of what’s to come.”

As the article said

legal experts and Democratic investigators are watching for potentially damning new disclosures about everything from Trump’s efforts to stymie Mueller’s work to possible signs of Kremlin influence over the president which, even if not criminal, could raise serious national security alarms.

So Trump’s legal advisers, or some of them are preparing for battle.

This reminds Adam of the following quote, from Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner:

It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
‘By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp’st thou me?
The Bridegroom’s doors are opened wide,
And I am next of kin;
The guests are met, the feast is set:
May’st hear the merry din.’
He holds him with his skinny hand,
‘There was a ship,’ quoth he.
‘Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!’
Eftsoons his hand dropt he.
He holds him with his glittering eye—
The Wedding-Guest stood still,
And listens like a three years’ child:
The Mariner hath his will.

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