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Attorney General William Barr has informed Congress that Special Counsel Mueller’s report on events of the 2016 election, the allegations of collusion between the Donald J. Trump for President campaign, and the President’s alleged efforts to obstruct justice has been delivered to him and that he will be briefing Congressional committees on the conclusions as soon as this weekend.
In letter, Bill Barr tells chairs and rankings of House and Senate Judiciary Committees that he may be in a position to brief them on Mueller’s “principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.” He says he will make a determination about what can be released to public and Hill https://t.co/qnLlnmT3BW
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 22, 2019
Social media immediately exploded with responses, jokes and predictions, as was inevitable after the all the teasing, the hype, and the desperate projection of hopes and dreams on to one of the most highly awaited political documents in American history that is finally at hand after a torturous two-year wait.
Serious political folks had this to say:
I have a very simple ‘take’ on the Mueller report. It’s not needed for impeachment. Whether or not Trump colluded/conspired with Russia – and it’ll be a huge story of course if it can be proved he did! – the president does impeachable things, out in the open, almost *every* week.
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) March 22, 2019
Just a reminder for those that see Mueller's filing as the beginning of the end of the saga: Mueller has referred multiple cases to U.S. Attorney's offices, including Trump-related criminal inquiries that aren't restricted to focusing on Russia, like Mueller has been.
— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) March 22, 2019
The filing of Mueller’s report likely marks a starting point for waves of legal battles, congressional wrangling and political recriminations in the months ahead and through the 2020 presidential campaign.https://t.co/KQDTsyLez1
— Sarah D. Wire (@sarahdwire) March 22, 2019
Americans deserve to know the truth now that the Mueller report is complete. The report must be released immediately and AG Barr must publicly testify under oath about the investigation's findings. We need total transparency here.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 22, 2019
Folks, it is entirely possible that information and evidence uncovered by the Special Counsel could be used in investigations by other U.S. Attorney's Offices.
But there's no hidden or sealed Mueller brought indictment that is yet to be uncovered.
It's over. https://t.co/F7E7i0xU5K
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) March 22, 2019
As Donald Trump said, “Let it come out." I call on the Trump administration to make Special Counsel Mueller's full report public as soon as possible. No one, including the president, is above the law.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 22, 2019
Now that Special Counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the Attorney General, it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress. #ReleaseTheReport pic.twitter.com/v1ROpZBqZJ
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 22, 2019
Letting off steam, Twitter timelines were quickly flooded with sarcastic jokes and hilarious predictions about what the report will actually contain:
AP – BREAKING: Mueller finds Trump is “doing a great job” and “people should give him a chance.” “Jobs are back” added the former FBI director
— mixing drink with plastic knife that has pb on it (@ByYourLogic) March 22, 2019
ridiculous the mueller report would refer to me as an "atavistic simpleton out of Steinbeck" and "utterly incapable of being held accountable for crimes" due to my "intellectual incapacitation"
— josh (@lyftrs) March 22, 2019
just got my hands on the Mueller Report. come on man pic.twitter.com/x1wqmI5rda
— please @ me for access to my powerful brain (@ChrisCaesar) March 22, 2019
robert mueller renaming a huge .jpg "mueller_report.docx" and pretending its a corrupt file so he has the rest of the weekend to work on it
— drewtoothpaste (@drewtoothpaste) March 22, 2019
finally America will learn the identity of the mysterious 'Mueller'
— 'Weird Alex' Pareene (@pareene) March 22, 2019
"this aint bappin" by Robert Mueller
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) March 22, 2019
5pm on a friday – robert mueller remains a messy bitch who lives for drama
— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 22, 2019
Oooh Mueller report just dropped! pic.twitter.com/4QX6EvItBn
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 22, 2019
There was also a grim sense of foreboding and resignation among some social media figures who were already steeling themselves for the right-wing’s inevitable and premature declaration of innocence and the prospect of the report not living up to its vastly overblown hype.
biggest mood of all time pic.twitter.com/DRVhCY775Y
— i bless the rains down in Castamere (@Chinchillazllla) March 22, 2019
i can't possibly imagine that the mueller report will be any more damning than the voluminous public record attesting to the president being a big time crime doer who loves crimes
— Talia Lavin, партизанка (@chick_in_kiev) March 22, 2019
man im trying to be hopeful but what about any of the events of the past year makes you think that this wont be anything but soul crushingly disappointing
— Colin Taylor (@ColsBols) March 22, 2019
The smug GOP celebrations when their soup brained hero is found 'innocent' will be truly awful to behold https://t.co/2UduNh3dBK
— bax (@baxbooksdeux) March 22, 2019
The Mueller report is coming out? I can't wait to hear a bunch of terrible things my president has done then see absolutely nothing happen to him as a consequence.
— Chin "What's a Dude Weed?" chilla (@Internetchilla) March 22, 2019
In all seriousness, now that the Mueller Report is out I predict that within the next two months Trump’s approval rating will jump above fifty percent and stay there.
— Matt Christman (@cushbomb) March 22, 2019
NEWS: Today appears to be #MuellerTime.
I expect it will be a letdown.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) March 22, 2019
The energy and emotion being expressed on social media this afternoon makes it clear that we are in for a wild couple of days as the truth finally comes out and the pieces finally fall into place.