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SERIOUSLY? Department of Justice Posted Unsearchable Version of Mueller Report


Pundits, reporters, and attorneys worldwide were ready to power through the Mueller Report with the ever-helpful CTRL-F function. Too bad that ain’t going to happen. Whoever posted it to the Department of Justice website put up an unsearchable version. Take a look.

It’s 448 pages. Have fun parsing through all that.

This is going to slow down a whole lot of people.

CNN even published a recommended a list of terms you should search. Eg. Like “dirt,” “Junior,” and “McGahn.”

Available court documents from the federal government aren’t always searchable. They can do it for indictments, but then again, the recent charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange were clearly based on a hard copy too.

Ah, well. Sadly, we are now forced to search for James Comey references by reading the Mueller Report one word at a time, like cavemen! The horror!

It’s worth mentioning that this sort of thing wouldn’t fly in some courts, depending on their local rules. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit demands that submitted PDFs “must” be searchable. The Eighth Circuit makes the same request.

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