Thursday, April 18

ByKevin Sheekey

And the redacted Mueller report we’ve been waiting for is out.

Here is Robert Mueller’s final conclusion from page 182 of volume II:

“Because we determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment, we did not draw ultimate conclusions about the President’s conduct. The evidence we obtained about the president’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that would need to be resolved if we were making a traditional prosecutorial judgment.

At the same time, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment.

Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Read the full redacted report here or on the Department of Justice website here.

Early headlines:
-Mueller Says He Lacks Confidence to Clear Trump on Obstruction (Bloomberg)
-Mueller Finds 10 Obstruction Cases That Barr Says Aren’t Crimes; Barr Gave White House Advance Copy (Bloomberg)
-Confirmed: Trump Tried to Remove Mueller (Politico)
-Trump on Mueller Appointment: “This is the end of my Presidency” – “I’m f***ed” (Vox)
-Top Takeaways From Mueller’s Report So Far (Bloomberg)

William Barr headlines:
William Barr Has Been Accused of a Presidential Cover-Up Before (Vice News)
-Opinion: William Barr Embarrasses Himself and His Office (Bloomberg Opinion – Jonathan Bernstein)
Barr’s strategy to spin first and release later left many questions unanswered and raised the specter of a cover-up.

Also Happening Today:

Making Noise: Kim Jong Un Tests `Tactical Weapon’ in Signal Over Nuclear Talks (Bloomberg)

First on the Bloomberg: Deutsche Bank Said to Prepare `Plan B’ If Commerzbank Talks Fail (Bloomberg)

Aviation Today:
-Why Boeing’s 737 Max Software Fix Is Taking So Long
(Bloomberg)
-First Japan-Built Airliner in 50 Years Takes on Boeing and Airbus (Bloomberg)

London Climate Protests: More than 400 Arrested as Police Cells Fill Up (The Guardian)

Images of the Day: Glaciers Recede and Leave the Landscape, and Life, Disrupted (New York Times)

Good News: After Notre Dame Fire, a GoFundMe Ensured Black Churches Burned in Louisiana Got $1 Million, Too (Washington Post)
On Sunday, a fundraiser to help three black churches rebuild from arson had raised approximately $50,000. By Wednesday morning, the total had skyrocketed to $1 million.

Karma: Diver Who Helped Thai Cave Rescues Is Himself Rescued from a Cave in Tennessee (New York Times)

Opened This Week: The Met’s New Rooftop Installation Brings the Solar System to NYC’s Skyline (Untapped Cities)
The exhibit is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and employees receive free admission with up to four guests with company ID. Click here for photos and more information.


Best of late night.

“This isn’t good: Yesterday, Facebook and Instagram both experienced major outages. It was terrible — people at Coachella couldn’t upload terrible, shaky videos of all the performances.”
— Jimmy Fallon

“Apparently nationwide distracted driving is up 10% since last year. Yeah, I looked it up on my phone while driving.”
— Conan O’Brien

“A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report is expected to be released tomorrow morning. Right now we don’t know what’s in it, but tomorrow … won’t be any different.”
— Seth Meyers, showing an image of an entirely redacted page

“Delta Air Lines has announced it will be cutting its seat-recline distance in half to avoid disputes between passengers. ‘Oh, we’ll find a way,’ said a passenger holding a baby and a tuna sandwich.”
— Seth Meyers

For more best of late night from the New York Times, click here.