Good Thursday morning. Welcome to Mueller Madness. The 400ish-page report is expected to be released to Congress between 11 a.m. and noon on compact discs!
Mueller witnesses and their lawyers tell Jonathan Swan that they expect the special counsel's report to include a mass of detailed scenes in which President Trump lashed out about Mueller, Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein and the FBI.
The bottom line: These sources don't know whether the scenes the Mueller team quizzed them about were included in the report. And, of course, they don't know what Attorney General Bill Barr redacted ahead of today's release.
Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump, said: "We're going to respond as quickly as we can to you all during the day, probably multiple times. ... We'll try to get something up very quick."
Another lawyer involved in the Mueller probe said of the 9:30 a.m. Barr press conference that's scheduled to precede the release of the 400-page report:
Bob Bauer, NYU law professor and former Obama White House counsel, told me this is the No. 1 thing he'll look for in the Mueller report:
Matthew Miller, an MSNBC analyst and Obama Justice Department spokesman who has been one of the sharpest and most ubiquitous commentators on the investigation, told me he wants to know "how close the call was on obstruction, why Mueller didn't make it, and whether he explicitly left it to Congress."
The White House speed read, per the N.Y. Times ... Aides "intend to all but skip the sections related to potential criminal conspiracy, and instead zoom in on two outstanding questions that Mr. Trump himself wants to ignore":
A New York Times paragraph that's absolutely true, based on Jonathan Swan's conversations:
A sense of paranoia was taking hold among some of Mr. Trump’s aides, some of whom fear his backlash more than the findings themselves ...
The report might make clear which of Mr. Trump’s current and former advisers spoke to the special counsel, how much they said and how much damage they did to the president — providing a kind of road map for retaliation.
Maxar Technologies' WorldView-2 satellite images of Notre Dame Cathedral show the aftermath of the Paris fire.
Hat tips: Andrew Freedman and Aïda Amer
Gallup says the percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, AP's David Crary reports.
Gallup said church membership was 70% in 1999 — and higher than that for most of the 20th century.
Church membership among Democrats fell from 71% to 48% over 20 years, compared to a drop from 77% to 69% among Republicans.
What's new: Electric scooters have overtaken station-based bicycles as America's most popular form of shared transportation outside transit and cars, per AP.
Why it matters: Smartphones are powering a "micromobility revolution," where consumers tap shared scooters and bikes for short trips.
"JPMorgan Chase & Co. put two women with decades of experience at the bank at the top of the list to one day succeed James Dimon as chief executive," The Wall Street Journal's David Benoit writes (subscription).
"2020's slate of female presidential candidates is already making history," Liza Mundy writes in the forthcoming issue of The New Republic:
"Americans tend to view women politicians as less corrupt," Mundy writes:
Texting is moving into the workplace, leading to awkward exchanges, The Wall Street Journal's Te-Ping Chen writes in an A-hed (subscription):
"Lauren Dodge ... accidentally texted her boss saying she loved him during her lunch break, thinking she was writing her husband. He replied with a simple 'thumbs-up' emoji."
And now Kathleen Smith's colleagues know she calls her hubby "pumpkinbear."
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