My take: No matter what Barr does and says this morning, his decision to have a press conference before the Mueller document is out has politicized the day. Schumer: “The process is poisoned before the report is even released.”
History will record that Barr acted to help Trump by trying to burn in the narrative that Mueller found no clear evidence of presidential law breaking — and by giving the White House a heads up on the report.
Trump teased Wednesday he would talk to the media after Barr’s session. Democrats will try to match those two bookend events with their own press conferences.
But the missing man right now is Mueller himself. If he doesn’t speak today, whose voices will break through on the facts of the report — to compete with the tag team spin of Barr and Trump?
Concerned parties today: Former White House counsel Don McGahn, Jared Kushner, Don Jr., Dan Coats.
Macker Unpacker: McAuliffe Passes on Run
My take: Another sign that the Clintons have left the building — and another sign that much of the establishment will be forced to wager on Biden (for whom many continue to express feelings on the continuum between ennui and deep reservations).
Rove Feels the Burn
My take: Critics on the left and right will challenge his motives, but Rove is calling it like he sees it in saying Sanders is well positioned to win the nomination. His hand-tip on skepticism about the Vermonter’s general election strength represents bipartisan Establishment consensus — and will inflame Sander’s well-organized and energized supporters, again.
NBA Playoff Highlights
My take: GORN James Harden stars as Rockets go up 2-0 over Jazz.