Oct 31, 2017 - Politics & Policy

WSJ backs up Trump, critiques Mueller

Trump and first lady Melania Trump arriveto speak on the opioid crisis in the East Room. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Fox News always had Trump's back on Russia. The New York Post usually had it, too. Now, the Wall Street Journal — the jewel of the Murdoch empire — has fully joined the defense. While Journal reporters have done some great work on the Russia story, many cringe at what they see as pro-Trump interference from their editor, Gerry Baker.

But it's the editorial page that has taken the lead in critiquing Mueller and calling for greater emphasis on possible Clinton corruption instead of Trump's.

  • Today's Journal lead editorial, "The Manafort Indictment": "[T]he main charge against Donald Trump is poor judgment for hiring the notorious Beltway operator."
  • Bill McGurn column on previous page, "Bob Mueller's Sideshow": "The Steele dossier is at the heart of the narrative that Mr. Trump had colluded with Moscow to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. Now the same people who pushed this narrative have lost all interest in the document that helped fuel it. "
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