With a summary and a press conference, William Barr took it upon himself to provide the prequel to the Mueller Report. That emboldens me to write its epilogue: The people in the administration who prevented Trump from being the worst version of himself have been replaced by people like William Barr. Or as The Atlantic puts it: Trump’s Guardrails Are Gone.

+ “The president’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the president declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.” WaPo: The Mueller report showcases eight Trump loyalists who resisted the president to protect themselves.

+ NYT: The Mueller Report Is 448 Pages Long. You Need to Know These 7 Key Things.

+ “The special counsel investigation was often cast as a clash between President Trump and Robert S. Mueller III. But there was always a third player, for whom victory seemed assured no matter the outcome.” WaPo on the win for Putin.

+ Vanity Fair: Collusion or Not, Does the Mueller Report Hold Up as a Spy Novel?

+ And the other scandal: Why The Mueller Report Has Two Spaces After Every Sentence. (Don’t normalize this…)