I agree with all of this, except the last part. As much shade as I've been throwing at the NYT's "we aren't allowed to say obvious things lest someone calls us biased; instead we wait until we can get a quote of someone else saying the obvious thing and reporting they said it" idiocy, the dynamic has changed. The floodgates of all the shit the MSM hasn't been saying--and that the intelligence types they quote or put on their shows can say--have been opened by the story.
As the House Democrats who shared info from the transcripts the House Republicans had been keeping secret intended. (And now, here are the House Republicans trying to feed the most exculpatory quotes they can find in those transcripts to CNN--and this is the best they could come up with).
The dam is broken and this is just the first floodwater heralding the wall of destruction roaring down the river behind it.
The real, unreported, outrage is that Republicans have known this for months. They knew the FBI opened a CI investigation on Trump and that that was among the investigations handed off to Mueller referenced in Rosenstein's commission letter. They manufactured their bullshit about Teh Memo!!!! and the Steele dossier and the Carter Page FISA warrants, smeared and attacked the entire senior echelon of the FBI, Rosenstein and Mueller, not simply knowing that the FBI had opened a CI investigation on Trump, but because they knew it and knew it would eventually come out.
And, of course, they withheld all of these transcripts from Mueller and clamped a tight lid on them-but rest assured the White House knows 100% of what was said.
No one seems to be noticing that.