The United States officially faces the Mueller report, with the special counsel for the Russia investigation having submitted his final summary of his investigation into election interference and possible Trump team collusion with those efforts on Friday. Veteran journalist Dan Rather is among those who think that the public (and Congress) should see the full, unredacted version of the document summarizing some two years of national controversy.
‘I know we can’t agree to much as a nation these days, but I hope we can agree that the public has a right to see the full Mueller report no matter what it shows.’
Robert Mueller’s team submitted their final report to Attorney General William Barr, who formally notified Congress of the submission and said he would prepare a summary for the body shortly.
There have been looming concerns about the Trump team taking some steps to keep at least some of the Mueller report’s information from getting out; the president’s legal team has reportedly sought to review the report before its release. At least one point on their side — and potentially meaning fewer redactions — is that the document reportedly does not recommend any further criminal charges. So far, a wide array of individuals and companies have faced charges stemming from the probe, ranging from Russian “troll farms” to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and longtime Trump associate Roger Stone.
Although their indictments have actually shared a lot about what’s known, Congressional Democrats have jumped on board with pushing for the full Mueller report to be released nonetheless. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asserted that it is “imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public,” and a number of prominent House Committee Chairpersons have backed that sentiment up.
House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) went so far as to assert:
‘If the AG plays any games, we will subpoena the report, ask Mr. Mueller to testify, and take it all to court if necessary.’
That possible court fight will be proceeding while Democrats continue their own Congressional investigations of the president covering a wide range of issues, from possible corrupt foreign ties to possible obstruction of justice to possible financial fraud. Although the Mueller report has been submitted — the president is far from free to go just yet. His team also faces more investigations outside of Congress, like the three separate probes into his inaugural committee.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has previously suggested Trump could face jail time once he’s out of office for issues like the illegal hush money scheme targeting women with whom he had affairs that Michael Cohen is going to jail for, and he continued that direct assessment of the situation in response to the Mueller report’s emergence.
Suggesting that Mueller not recommending any further indictments could indicate an adherence to Justice Department protocol against a sitting president more than a complete lack of wrongdoing, Schiff and other committee chairpersons asserted:
‘The President must be subject to accountability and if the Justice Department is unable to do so, then the need to provide Congress with the relevant information is paramount.’
Strikingly enough, as of nearly 11 a.m. the day after the Mueller report was filed, Trump had not tweeted about it once, and anyone familiar with Donald Trump knows how often he runs to the platform to share his takes.
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