The political news cycle is fast, and keeping up can be overwhelming. Trying to find differing perspectives worth your time is even harder. That’s why we have scoured the internet for political writing from the right and the left that you might not have seen.
From the Right
“… The special counsel cannot seek an indictment, and must remain quiet.”
Mr. Starr, the independent counsel who oversaw the investigation that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, made clear that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was subject to different rules from the ones he was in 1998, when he delivered a book-length report directly to Congress. “The drafters of the new regime — the one under which Mueller operates — set themselves firmly against the revolutionary principle of factually rich prosecutorial reports,” he wrote. “It might seem strange for me to say, but they were right to do so.” Read more.
“Well, if we’re going to have disclosure, fine. But let’s have full disclosure …”
The president’s critics are demanding full disclosure of the special counsel’s report. Mr. McCarthy said he was not opposed to that, as long as full disclosure included information about how the investigation got started to begin with. Read more.
“Even the most liberal partisans know that Mueller’s report will be the death knell of the Russia collusion hoax they’ve been perpetuating …”
Ms. Gesiotto, a supporter of President Trump, criticized journalists and television hosts for being biased and described what she called their “stages of grief” over the news that no further indictments were coming. Read more.
From the Left
“Absolutely nothing in the law or the regulations prevents the report from becoming public.”
Mr. Katyal, the former acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama who drafted the special counsel regulations in 1998 and 1999, said that Attorney General William P. Barr could and should release the report. The law, he wrote, gives “all the latitude in the world” to make the report public. Read more.
“But the president might find himself missing Mueller more than he expects.”
Despite all the anticipation of the Mueller report, Mr. Graham wrote, few will be happy that it is finished. His argument: Democrats will no longer be able to use the continuing investigation as a reason to wait to act against President Trump. Republicans will also be forced to reckon with the president. And Mr. Trump, who has succeeded when he has a nemesis to rally against, will find himself without a villain. Read more.
“The emergency that the Trump presidency represents leaves the Democratic Party’s cast of candidates with a singular responsibility — to win the election …”
Mr. Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, wrote that it was unlikely that Mr. Trump would change his behavior after the Mueller report. Of the Democratic candidates for president in 2020, he suggested that the right one not only has to be able to win the election but also be up to the challenge of undoing the legacy of Mr. Trump’s “moral and material corruption.” Read more.
From the Center
“The main takeaway from the news that broke Friday evening, then, is that the Constitution is working.”
Mr. Feldman offered a reminder that the culmination of the Mueller report was “far from a foregone conclusion throughout much of the past two years.” Whatever the report says, he argued, the fact that it exists is a win for democracy. Read more.
“… To say that Mueller is not recommending further charges does not tell you all that much unless you know why he’s not recommending further charges.”
Mr. Wittes cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the end of the Mueller investigation without knowing why it ended. Was there a finding of innocence? Or was the evidence not sufficient for prosecution? And, Mr. Wittes said, even if the subject of a criminal investigation claims vindication, that does not mean the person cannot not be judged morally. Read more.
“We are likely to look back on Trump’s presidency — no matter what the report actually says — as ‘before Mueller report’ and ‘after the Mueller report.’”
Though the Mueller investigation has taken up about 85 percent of Mr. Trump’s presidency, Mr. Cillizza argued, this milestone is just the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end. Read more.