Saturday 24 August 2019

Harm to Ongoing Matter: Redacted Mueller Report receives meme treatment

Twitter has decided the phrase could make a good band or baby name, or possibly even a work of art.

A part of the redacted report from Robert Mueller (Jon Elswick/AP)
A part of the redacted report from Robert Mueller (Jon Elswick/AP)

By Edd Dracott, Press Association

Aside from seismic revelations about US president Donald Trump and his campaign, the release of Robert Mueller’s report has proved to be meme fodder for social media users.

The two-volume, 448-page write-up of Mr Mueller’s investigation has been significantly redacted, with the pages that have been committed marked “Harm to Ongoing Matter”.

Many pages have been redacted altogether and resulted in the phrase “Harm to Ongoing Matter” trending on Twitter as users shared their thoughts on the matter.

Some were displeased with the level of redaction.

However, others thought the redacted pages had an artistic quality.

“Kazimir Malevich’s ‘Harm to Ongoing Matter,’ 2019,” user @samthielman tweeted, sharing an image of a redacted page in an art gallery.

Indeed, some thought the phrase could make a good band name.

“Thinking of starting a jazz-infused metal band,” tweeted user @Agenthades1. “Album cover all set to go.”

Meanwhile, some users thought the redaction could be a useful way of escaping awkward conversations.

“Redactions for reason of ‘Harm to ongoing matter’ is basically me talking to my parents about my dating life,” tweeted @leighmunsil.

And some suggested the phrase could have a generational influence.

User @annetdonahue tweeted: “So many babies gonna be named harm to ongoing matter in nine months!!!!!!”

The report has revealed Mr Trump tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mr Mueller’s removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the US president.

The report said that in June 2017, Mr Trump directed White House counsel Don McGahn to call the acting attorney general and say Mr Mueller must be ousted because he had conflicts of interest.

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