On Tuesday, Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent laid out his depressing theory on Twitter about why the upcoming House hearings with former special counsel Robert Mueller are unlikely to, in any meaningful way, reveal Mueller's personal beliefs on Trump's criminality or culpability.
The short answer, Sargent wrote, is that Attorney General William Barr knows how Mueller operates — and exploited his "sense of fairness" to ensure he would not speak ill of the president:
1) There's something very perverse at the core of the Mueller situation, and we shouldn't let it get lost. When Mu… https://t.co/xX0z7RZssv— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent)1563919377.0
2) It's important to understand that William Barr cynically exploited this sense of fairness on Mueller's part. Ba… https://t.co/kssecmPkJ4— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent)1563919528.0
3) But we know from Mueller's report that he would not be comfortable doing this, because as Mueller himself said,… https://t.co/bKjAjh32HV— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent)1563919613.0
4) Now DOJ is putting the cherry on top of Barr's cynicism, by trying to constrain Mueller from telling full truth… https://t.co/E2wL3cvMLT— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent)1563919763.0
Sargent concluded by reiterating, as he did in a recent article, that even if Barr succeeds in preventing Mueller from revealing any new information, just reiteration of what is already in the report in a public setting could be damaging for the president in its own right.