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What If Everything Mueller Told Us Had Been New?

Trump’s critics expected much more from the special counsel’s report. But it would be foolish to shrug off what was already known.
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report gave a damning overall portrait of the president, and yet that portrait surprised no one. Because the public has been treated to so much evidence of Donald Trump’s dishonesty and hectic leadership, the shock has worn off. Finding out suddenly that one’s president is crooked is jarring; finding out slowly is numbing.

Even Maggie Haberman of , who broke many of the stories that Mueller eventually confirmed, , “For all of the efforts by POTUS and some of his advisors/aides to

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