So: Robert Mueller has delivered his long-anticipated report to Attorney General William Barr.
Here’s the short of it: There was no collusion and there was no obstruction of justice. And there’s no fair way to interpret this other than as a big win for President Trump.
The investigation was bigger and broader than virtually all observers knew: 19 lawyers; 40 FBI agents; 2,800 subpoenas; 500 search warrants; 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence and interviews with some 500 witnesses.
For the last two years, it was a legitimate story-the prospect of collusion and charges of obstructing justice.
Those are serious stories. I didn’t believe it then. But now, it is not even a legitimate story.
It’s a perilous time for elite media: So many outlets and so many individuals have been repeating this for so long. They are now going to have to come to grips with a very new reality.
It’s going to be difficult for many of them.