Saturday, March 23, 2019

Mueller Has Filed His Report, the Public Needs to See All of It

Yesterday afternoon, Robert Mueller filed his Russiagate report.  Other than no new indictments, no one knows what's in it.  In my view and the view of Democrat presidential candidates, the entire report needs to be made public, the good, the bad, the entire report. Absent a release of the full report, there will be many that believe a cover up has occurred and confidence in the legal system and the already damaged rule of law will be lost.  Moreover, with the 2020 presidential campaign beginning, voters deserve to know the full contents of the report in evaluating Trump's fitness - or more likely, unfitness - for office.  With the Southern District of New York and New York State still doing their own investigations, Trump is by no means out of potential serious jeopardy.  The New York Times looks at calls for the release of the full report:

Democratic presidential candidates wasted no time Friday evening demanding the immediate public release of the long-awaited report from Robert S. Mueller III, with several saying that Americans deserved to know any findings about President Trump, Russia and the 2016 election in order to form judgments about Mr. Trump and the 2020 race.
Former Representative Beto O’Rourke, campaigning in South Carolina on Friday night, told reporters that “those facts, that truth, needs to be laid out for all Americans to be able to make informed decisions going forward, whether at the ballot box” or in their discussions with their senators and representatives.
Mr. O’Rourke, asked if he supported impeaching Mr. Trump, said he believed the president and his 2016 campaign “at least sought to collude with the Russian government to undermine our democracy” and that Mr. Trump “sought to obstruct justice” once in office.
Marnee Robinson, 62, a local entrepreneur, said in an interview that the report — and questions about Mr. Trump and Russia — were her No. 1 issue as a voter.  “It flows from the top,” she said of what she believed to be questionable behavior, or worse. “Everyone is compromised in some way.”
Several candidates, in calling for the swift release of the report, also sought to gather new supporters and their email addresses by putting out “petitions” calling for complete transparency from the Justice Department.
“The Trump Administration shouldn’t get to lock up Robert Mueller’s report and throw away the key,” Senator Cory Booker argued on Twitter, asking people to sign a petition and provide their names and emails. Such information is often used for future fund-raising solicitations.
Senator Elizabeth Warren and the campaign arm of House Democrats were already placing ads on Facebook demanding the full report’s release, with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee seeking 100,000 signatures for its online petition.
With no detailed information available about the report, Ms. Warren and Mr. Booker — as well as Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris — sought to focus attention and pressure on how quickly Attorney General William P. Barr would release the full report.
Senators Harris, Warren and Gillibrand also joined Mr. Booker and Senator Bernie Sanders in asking supporters to sign their petitions calling for the report’s immediate release.
Five other candidates — Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington; former Representative John Delaney; and Julián Castro — also called for the release of the full report.
“As Donald Trump said, ‘Let it come out,’” Senator Sanders wrote on Twitter. “I call on the Trump administration to make Special Counsel Mueller’s full report public as soon as possible. No one, including the president, is above the law.”

1 comment:

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

You know Cheeto is not gonna let it all come out. Especially because this report does not have NO COLLUSION written all over it. He’ll be in trouble.