Attorney General William Barr is trying to dodge accountability by holding a press conference before reporters have a chance to read the Mueller report.
The press conference will happen on Thursday at 9:30 AM:
From the Justice Department: "Attorney General William P. Barr will hold a press conference on the release of the Mueller Report."
Tomorrow at 9:30am, livestreamed here: https://t.co/UqQn1QvoIC
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 17, 2019
The problem as Maggie Haberman pointed out is that the press conference may happen before reporters have read the report:
Unless DoJ releases the report between now 6 am, journalists will not have had time to digest what is in the report before attending this press conference and asking questions about what is in the report. https://t.co/3Iu660YJCp
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 17, 2019
Barr is spinning for Trump instead of presenting the facts
An attorney general who was interested in presenting the facts to the American people and being accountable for the presentation of the information would never hold a press conference before the press has had a chance to review the report. If the report is released just before or during the press conference, journalists will not be able to ask Barr any pointed questions, and that seems to be the purpose.
Dump the information before the reporters have a chance to read it and challenge it during the press conference.
The Trump administration hides information from the American people like no other in recent memory. Why should the president’s hand-picked attorney general be any different?
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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