Mueller Report sideshow led by former Arizona Diamondback

Something happened in Washington on Thursday: the Nats played the Giants. Above, fans pose for photos with George Washington in the stands at Nationals Park in 2017.
/Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo

By Niels Lesniewski | Roll Call

You didn’t have to venture far from the Capitol on Thursday to find a crowd of Washingtonians who weren’t overwhelmed by the Mueller report.

Patrick Corbin, the newest Nationals star starting pitcher, took the mound a little after 1 p.m., before key Democrats like House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler or Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner had even weighed in on the substance of the report.

With the House and Senate in recess, and a number of area schools on spring break, the ballpark was filled with kids. Corbin had the crowd’s attention early, carrying a one-hitter into the eighth inning.

Announced attendance was just over 26,000, and there was more interest in the Dippin’ Dots than the much-anticipated report of the findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

One gelato stand had run out of products to sell by the seventh-inning stretch, while another ice cream stand only had soft serve left to offer.

The Capitol complex itself was largely quiet Thursday, with Mueller’s report arriving on CDs at the House and Senate Judiciary committees right on schedule around 11 a.m., and while those hand-offs attracted a full complement of television and still photographers, as well as a momentary scramble to get junior congressional aides to confirm what reporters were observing in the halls of the Dirksen and Rayburn buildings, there was not much more to see.


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April 2019