Anna Palmer & Jake Sherman: Trump Wins With Report Timing

When Nancy’s away, the Barr Justice Department will release the (redacted) Mueller Report.

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 18 April 2019 11:39


Politico’s Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer were on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night promoting their new book, The Hill To Die On: The Battle For Congress And The Future Of Trump’s America. Of course it didn’t take long fore the conversation to move to the imminent release of the Mueller Report into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Campaign.

However, the contents of the Report have not been kept with the same level of secrecy as what happens in, the soon to be released, Avengers: Endgame. Attorney General William Barr in releasing his four page non-summary summary of the Mueller Report, we all know that left-wing cable news will be left disappointed as the sainted Robert Mueller, played by Robert De Nero on SNL, finds that there was no collusion with Russia.

It should hardly come as a surprise that there was no collusion in a campaign which has sparked an entire industry in books offering insider accounts of the inner workings of the campaign.  

Despite the no collusion finding the Democrats are still looking for something with which they can attack the Trump administration. We do not at the time of writing know the full contents of the Report, which is due to be release shortly. Politico’s Jake Sherman argued that regardless of what is in the reports, the Democrats will find themselves unsatisfied, telling Stephen Colbert:

“ There is no way Democrats are going to be satisfied, no matter what happens, what’s released. They are not only asking for an unredacted Report but they are asking for the underlying evidence. So they are looking, they are asking to see,  the math work behind the Report. So this is going  to be a long process, which could end up in court and will definitely end up in the court of public opinion. The politics will, at least”


Of course, there is one problem that the Democrats will find when it comes to responding to the Mueller report. It would cause disruption to their holidays or ,in the case of some lawmakers, their fact finding trips. This was a fact which took show host Stephen Colbert aback somewhat, as shown in the exchange below:

“JAKE SHERMAN: Remember the timing of when this is coming out. This couldn’t be better for the President and the White House. Congress is out of session. So, in typical times, people like me and Anna are on Capitol Hill, chasing people with recorders, in the hallways, asking people for comment. The Capitol is empty. Nancy Pelosi’s in Europe. Members of Congress are all over the world on trips.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Oh, cause we are going into Easter Weekend.

JAKE SHERMAN: Easter and Passover

ANNA PALMER: Everybody’s gone.

JAKE SHERMAN: Everyone’s gone.

STEPHEN COLBERT: That’s got to be purposeful?

ANNA PALMER: It was very fortuitous, at the least.

STEPHEN COLBERT: They just got lucky?


STEPHEN COLBERT: Barr just luckily put it out when there is nobody around to talk about it?

JAKE SHERMAN: By the way, they won’t be back until the week after next. So there is a 10-12 day buffer between Washington becoming filled with people again and this report coming out.”


Of course, I would argue that the real beneficiaries of the timing of the release of the Report really are the Democrats. There is a reason why their House and Senate leadership despair whenever one of their ranks goes rogue on Russia. Each time a Democrat goes on about collusion, they appear out of touch, with the real concerns of the American people. They would do well to remember how fixating on extra-curricular White House shenanigans worked out for the Republicans in 1998.

Patrick Sullivan is the Political Editor of The Commentator @PatJSullivan

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