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Performance in the Spotlight After a Long Buildup to a Starring Role

May 30, 2019 - The New York Times

WASHINGTON -- By the standards of Robert S. Mueller III, the government's most prominent ascetic, Wednesday's nearly 10-minute statement in a seventh-floor conference room of the Justice Department was a circus. There were dozens of cameras, harsh lighting and live cut-ins on network television.

For the first time in his two-year job as special counsel -- and fittingly, on the day he announced his retirement -- Mr. Mueller tried explaining himself. His performance revealed just how far Mr....