Are you good at reading between the lines? If not, you might want to steer clear of Robert Mueller's memos.
On Tuesday night, the Special Counsel filed a sentencing memo recommending that Michael Flynn only serve "0 to 6 months" for providing “particularly valuable" information on several ongoing investigations.
The only problem was that massive chunks of the memos were redacted, so no one has any idea what sort of assistance Flynn actually provided.
The special counsel has redacted parts of the filing because it “includes sensitive information about ongoing investigations.” pic.twitter.com/Rw4Ks9NkL6
— David P Gelles (@gelles) December 5, 2018
Though the redacted memos don't provide much information, they do create a striking visual of white paper mostly covered with black bars. And once people realized they couldn't make very much sense of them without the omitted portions, they decided to meme the memos instead.
Below are some of the greatest redacted memo memes Twitter has to offer. We hope you ◼️◼️◼️◼️◼️ them.
damn mueller redacted everything pic.twitter.com/m0uiYMw68p
— Ben Rosen (@ben_rosen) December 5, 2018
Girl, are you a heavily redacted document? Because I just can’t read you.
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) December 5, 2018
To my mind, this is the most revealing passage of the sentencing memo:
⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️ probably ⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️ light treason ⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️ in the banana stand.
⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️ huge mistake.
— Josh Chafetz (@joshchafetz) December 5, 2018
Cool thing about Mueller's Flynn sentencing memo is that if you flip it sideways it looks like a prison cell pic.twitter.com/8GtEb3mNgk
— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) December 5, 2018
When you wear a salute to Flynn's redacted testimony to Mueller. pic.twitter.com/vOAnnKHoh5
— Hillary Warned Us (@HillaryWarnedUs) December 5, 2018
I’m naming my pet zebra ‘redacted’ pic.twitter.com/D48glCm5q4
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) December 5, 2018
When you know you’re in the redacted parts. pic.twitter.com/Vi6jGCXG93
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) December 5, 2018
Mark Hamill even got in on the fun, tweeting his own personal confession, which he then redacted, of course.
My conscience has been weighing on me heavily in recent days, so, after careful consideration, I have decided that it's finally time to come clean and confess that I... [REDACTED].
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 5, 2018
And the memo reminded Dan Fogelman, This Is Us writer and producer, of the level of secrecy that was required to protect the script for the Super Bowl episode of the show, in which the beloved character Jack Pearson died.
This looks like our shooting script from when Jack died. pic.twitter.com/QvGAVwDNi6
— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) December 5, 2018
While we'll have to wait to learn what's behind the black bars, some believe it might have something to do with "President Donald J. Trump."
I’m not saying that I know for sure what is under the redacted phrase but “President Donald J. Trump” fits perfectly.
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) December 5, 2018
Just a guess, though. Who knows!