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Notes on the Mueller Report: A Reading Diary

Narrated by: Benjamin Wittes
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
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Originally published on www.lawfareblog.com, Brookings Senior Fellow and legal analyst Benjamin Wittes, reads the 448-page Mueller report carefully, and wrote his thoughts as he progressed.

©2019 Lawfare Institute (P)2019 Lawfare Institute

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Listen even if you HAVE read the Mueller Report

Analytic, insightful, puts everything in context, the time flew by. Weird to say but I didn't want it to end. I have a much better understanding now of those who say impeachment is necessary, irrespective of the politics. Not Ben's words but convinced me that this man is President ONLY because of Russia. Sad.

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Excellent companion to The Mueller Report

First: Read/listen to The Mueller Report
Second: Read/listen to Review Notes on the Mueller Report

I can’t stress this enough. The Mueller Report is dense and sometimes confusing. You should still listen to it, but it can be daunting.

This audiobook read by the author is an excellent listen to help us all understand some of the more serious pieces of The Mueller Report. It is Benjamin Wittes’s musings on the report itself and what he perceives to be some of the more egregious actions taken by Trump. This is basically the condensed version of The Mueller Report with Wittes’s conclusions thrown in.

Listen to this now!

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Great companion for the Mueller report

this is a great short audio accompaniment to the Mueller report. it helps put some of the dryer legal information into context. highly recommend

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Exceptional Analysis

After listening to the free Audible Mueller Report download, I was excited to see these 'Notes' by Benjamin Wittes. I had found the audio version of the Report fascinating in clarity and revealing in depth as it detailed incidents that I had known only from cursory news reports, conflicting analyses and Twitter pronouncements from the President. That said, it was even more incredulous to me that this man masquerading as a President could continue his act with a straight face. Mr. Wittes provides a reasoned and thoughtful analysis of what I had just read. He is insightful and narrows the issues down to their essence with the same reasoned and measured approach we are used to hearing on his podcast. The conclusion of his Notes summed up my queasiness. "Are we prepared as a society to define Trump’s conduct as unacceptable for a president? Are we prepared to accept the consequences and risks of doing so? And critically, are we prepared to accept the consequences and risks of not doing so?"

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An excellent summary of the Mueller Report

Benjamin Wittes offers an excellent summary of the Mueller Report, which you can take as a supplemental analysis to the original, or as an enjoyable way to condense the full 19-hour version (also available on Audible) to an easy-to-follow two-and-a-quarter hours. Highly recommended.

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A fantastic overview of a sorry mess

As a resident of the (currently) United Kingdom, there’s honestly very little to crow about when listening to this audiobook. But it does a very great job of breaking down exactly what the Mueller investigation did and did not find, without delving too far into the weeds of every sordid affair (for more details on those, the Lawfare blog and podcasts are strongly recommended, or the source material itself, of course!).

Ben does an excellent job of narration, as always, and the whole thing is a pleasure (aside from the actual facts!) to listen to.