Here’s How Broadcast Networks Are Covering Attorney General Barr’s Press Conference About Mueller Report

By A.J. Katz 

NBC, ABC and CBS will start their special reports around the time Attorney General Barr begins his press conference, 9:30 a.m. ET.

NBC News will cut in to regular programming — with Lester Holt and Savannah Guthrie anchoring coverage from New York. Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell will join them from DC, as will NBC News Justice Dept Correspondents Pete Williams and Julia Ainsley.  Also reporting: NBC News’ White House team of Hallie Jackson, Kristen Welker and Peter Alexander, with Kasie Hunt on Capitol Hill.


Justice and security analyst Matt Miller, legal analyst Danny Cevallos, contributor and former U.S. attorney Chuck Rosenberg will also join.

After Barr’s press conference was over:

“The president clearly liked what he saw from the Attorney General,” Jackson reported. “As we were watching it, I couldn’t help but think that the President must be thrilled and it appears he is. He is tweeting now, a riff off of the popular television show Game of Thrones writing simply, ‘game over.’…This is the President’s pre-report release victory lap, if you will. His administration is clearly trying to set what they believe is the narrative for this even before anybody, as you all have noted here, has had the chance to see the content of the report itself.”

NBC News broke into regularly scheduled programming at 9:22:10 a.m., and left at 10:11 a.m. ET.

NBC News broke back into regularly scheduled programming at roughly 11 a.m., when the report was released to the public. Here’s NBC News justice correspondent Pete Williams outside the DOJ, holding up a copy and trying to explain it to the best of his abilities:

George Stephanopoulos will anchor the special report on ABC, and is joined by senior national correspondent Terry Moran, chief legal analyst Dan Abrams, senior White House correspondent Cecilia Vega and contributor Kate Shaw from New York. Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas (he was in the DOJ briefing room at the time of the presser) and congressional correspondent Mary Bruce reported from Washington. Special correspondent Matthew Dowd joined remotely.

ABC cut into its regularly scheduled programming at 9:32:29 a.m., and left at 10:16 am.

ABC News broke back into regularly scheduled programming after the public release of the Mueller report at 11 a.m. Pierre Thomas showed a copy of the report and did his best to explain what is in it as well.

Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson anchored a CBS News Special Report, beginning at 9:32:53 a.m. ET, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news platform. CBS News legal analyst Jonathan Turley joined the broadcast.

The CBS News special report ended at 10:20 a.m. ET. Their 56-minute special report was longer than NBC’s (49 minutes) and ABC’s (44 minutes).

CBSN’s coverage began at 7 a.m. ET. CBSN’s livestream will feature reporting from CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid, CBS News political correspondent Ed O’Keefe, and CBS News political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns.

CBS News’ returned to coverage of the Mueller report at 11 a.m.. Paula Reid, who, while currently is a CBS News White House correspondent, was a justice correspondent in the not too distant past, and covered the proceedings for the network today. She got her hands on a copy of the report too.

“Could it be that his behavior is, at times, distasteful to some but not illegal?” said Turley, after the release of the public, redacted version of the report. “That’s right. He stayed short of the criminal code. That’s not a huge recommendation. But clearly the prosecutors did not believe there was a case to be made.”

Additionally, Fox News has been offering Fox TV stations across the country live breaking news coverage throughout the day.