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Fri Sep 27, 2019, 01:57 AM

The Whistleblower Could Teach Mueller Some Things About Writing

The complaint accusing President Donald Trump of misconduct should be held up as an example of how to write well.

Writing a good letter whose purpose is to publicly charge the leader of the free world with democracy-destroying misconduct ―† with brevity and clarity ― is a monumental task.

WB got all of that on the first page. Taken together, the first three paragraphs provide the reader the who, what, where, when and why, the foundation of good writing taught from the get-go in elementary school classrooms across the country.

WB could have used a huge block of text to explain how Giuliani and Barr aided in election interference ― an accusation of this magnitude requires a lot of evidence, after all. But this isnít the former special counsel Robert Muellerís report, with all its dense, legal lingo. WB wanted Burr and Schiff to comprehend the stakes immediately, so WB broke the accusations down into easy-to-read bullet points.†

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5d8d02e8e4b0019647a556ca

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:11 AM

1. "Sorry this letter is so long, but I didn't have time to make it short." - Mark Twain

 

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Response to EveHammond13 (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:20 AM

3. Exactly. nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:19 AM

2. not really a good comparison. the whistleblower was writing about what they themselves saw/heard

directly.

Mueller's investigation covered much more and he had many people working under him. plus there was a lot of blocking of witnesses and then Barr.

Mueller's provided enough to impeach but the media is obsessed with things like optics and simplicity .

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Response to JI7 (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:25 AM

4. No, the whistleblower was summarizing what he learned from others.

That is what Mueller essentially did as well.

Neither Mueller nor the whistleblower had any first hand knowledge. They relied on what others reported to them about wrongdoing.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:27 AM

5. Mueller was dealing with people who were not forthcoming and honest .

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Response to JI7 (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:30 AM

6. So? nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:17 AM

7. Witty humor

For most of that, I thought you wrote it, SunSeeker. My jaw dropped when I got to the bottom and saw the link.

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Response to ffr (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:29 AM

8. Thanks!

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 08:37 AM

9. Agree. Mueller spent months figuring out a way to let trump and his campaign off the conspiracy,

cooperation charges, even resorting to saying trump Junior was too stupid to possess the requisite intent to violate the law in the trump tower meetings. That took the wind out of Obstruction too.

Mueller could have started his report out with, "Because of multiple instances of obstruction by the trump Admin, we were not able to determine to what extent the trump campaign conspired with the Russians . . . . . . ." He didn't.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 09:05 AM

10. We Dems let Mueller pull a slow one on us.

Fortunately, we're woke now.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 09:41 AM

11. Let's hope so. Ukrainian shakedown is simple to understand, although lots of GOPers won't admit it.

I don't think that Mueller and/or Barr can let trump off the hook on this one.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 09:48 AM

12. Mueller is out of the picture, and Barr is implicated and in legal jeopardy.

So, yeah, those two are unlikely to be able to stop this train.

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