Mueller’s ‘harm to ongoing matter’ is the best way to stay silent about your life

The highly-anticipated Mueller report was released on Thursday, and as promised, there were redactions throughout it.

Attorney General William Barr explained ahead of making the report public that there would be certain criteria used to justify redactions, including “harm to ongoing matter,” information that is part of ongoing legal matters.

However, as millions of people flocked to read the Mueller Report, they couldn’t help but crack jokes about the sheer number of times “harm to ongoing matter” showed up in the more than 400-page document.

Some people repurposed other well known or recent memes:

Meanwhile, others thought of ways to use “harm to ongoing matter” in everyday life.

You can read more about the Muller Report—including the parts that weren’t redacted—here.


Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

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