Faithful Trump supporter Mark Burns, a South Carolina Black pastor who was exposed as a fraud for falsifying his biography, contributed to the public relations spin Thursday when the Mueller report was released.
Attorney General William Barr held a press conference on Thursday before releasing a version of the report that was scrubbed clean of information that he didn’t want to share with the public. The report, which he received from Special Council Robert Mueller in March, did not find solid evidence that the president’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential elections. But it did not clear Trump of other wrongdoing.
Trump’s newly appointed attorney general has used his own discretion in deciding what information Congress and the public receives from the report’s conclusions. Many accuse him of acting on behalf of Trump’s political interests.
Burns took to Twitter to help the Trump team.
“No matter what AG Barr says or what the Muller Report says, @realDonaldTrump political enemies will say that this is a #BarrCoverUp. When some people hate you, they just hate you no matter what. Sad…This is NOT #WaterGate 2.0 & Trump is NOT Nixion or B. Clinton. #MuellerReport,” he tweeted.
Bits and pieces of details from the nearly 400-page report started to come out on Thursday morning, as the public finally got a chance to see Muller’s findings for themselves—even though Barr blacked out from the pages what he didn’t want the public to know.
Some of the early revelations were that Mueller’s team did not reach a conclusion about whether the president obstructed justice, the Washington Post noted. Mueller also considered the president’s written answers to his questions inadequate, as Trump stated more than 30 times that he couldn’t recall or remember the information investigators asked him about.
During the press conference, Barr dodged a reporter’s question about some Democrats and Republicans having concerns that he is trying to protect the president.
Here’s a clip from that exchange.
After Barr announced in March that Mueller finished his nearly two-year investigation, he began spinning the narrative that the president was exonerated. Trump wasted no time claiming victory.
“No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!” Trump tweeted an hour after the release of Barr’s summary findings.
Meanwhile, Trump’s legal troubles are far from over. New York Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank on March 11 to obtain records related to the financing of four major Trump Organization projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills, in which the president may have committed loan fraud by inflating his net worth.
Lots of folks are pushing back against Burns and other members of the Trump team. Scroll down to see what they’re saying.
If Loretta Lynch or Eric Holder ever held a press conference about Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton without releasing the accompanying report, as William Barr just did, Fox News & the entire Republican Party would have blown a gasket. This is corruption at its worst. #BarrCoverUp— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 18, 2019
I had to turn this Barr press conference off. Couldn’t do it. I’ll read the transcript. #MuellerReport— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) April 18, 2019
The American people are getting played. #MuellerReport— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) April 18, 2019
This is a compromised lying AG operating as a PR flak for the president. Until the entire #MuellerReport is released, none of this matters— Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) April 18, 2019
The American people deserve the truth.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) April 18, 2019
Not spin from a Trump appointee.
Release Mueller's full report now.
Possibly the most revealing moment was Barr refusing to answer whether Mueller was invited, except to emphasize that he was his employee. And then quickly ending the press conference. #MuellerReport— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) April 18, 2019
It was bad.— Midwin Charles (@MidwinCharles) April 18, 2019