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Time for America to see the real world

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Since last Friday, as seen from Tokyo, Washington seems to have gone crazy again. Mainstream media learned that special counsel Robert Mueller had finally completed his two-year investigation into U.S. President Donald Trump and the Russiagate scandal, and would send his report to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who later said he might brief congressional leaders on the report “as soon as the weekend.”

That’s when the media frenzy resumed. Although no details were released, everybody knew by late Friday afternoon that there would be “no more indictments” by Mueller. Fox News triumphantly reported “The mainstream media seemed to suffer a collective shock.” Trump’s lawyers said, “We’re pleased that the Office of Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General.”

By contrast, CNN’s correspondents were apparently bewildered, reporting that the White House was “quietly celebrating,” reacting to Mueller’s report with “a fair amount of glee” and even anonymously said that “This was a great day for America, and we won!” Although Trump had not tweeted on this matter, his silence implied his sense of victory. This, however, was not the end of the two-year game.

On Saturday, Washington continued bracing for the contents of the classified report. The attorney general, having spent nine hours reviewing Mueller’s report inside the Department of Justice, did not even release a summary of the findings. Furious, CNN spent almost all Saturday reporting “breaking news” about whatever news, new and old, was related to Mueller’s probe.

Finally, on Sunday, Barr sent a letter to Congress and its conclusion was no surprise. While Mueller’s “investigation did not........

© The Japan Times