After nearly two years of indescribable mayhem in our nation’s capital, Robert Mueller is finished.
He is finished with probing “collusion” between the Russian government and the 2016 Trump campaign. He is finished lurching outward into smaller and smaller crimes, committed by people further and further away from the Kremlin.
In the eyes of many Americans, Robert Mueller is finished holding our nation hostage.
For those who believe that this was all a witch hunt, we can only hope and pray that Attorney General Bob Barr sees it fit for public consumption.
The special counsel regulations require Mueller to write up his findings and submit them to the attorney general, which he did. And Barr notified Congress in a letter Friday that Mueller had concluded his investigation. But beyond that, he has a fair amount of discretion on what to share from the report both to Congress and to the public.
In his letter to Congress, which he made public, Barr told lawmakers that he remained “committed to as much transparency as possible,” and would work to determine “what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law.”
The special counsel regulations do dictate that the attorney general can disclose information that’s in the public interest — and many would argue that Mueller’s report, whatever the findings contained in it may be, more than meets that standard.
Of course, there are concerns too about the content leaking to the public before the proper decisions or redactions have been made.
It seems, so far at least, that the President is walking away from the investigation in good shape, with one CNN guest even admitting such.
Later, a panel member concluded that the Mueller report was in fact a “huge victory” for President Trump.
“A couple of victories here,” CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz said.
“The president did not have to sit down for an interview. They were so concerned about that, because he’d get caught up in lies–and there’d be perjury traps. Okay, so that’s now over. No more people being indicted. Sealed, unsealed–no more indictments. Mueller is done. Huge victory for the president,” he said.
The reactions from the democrats has so far been hysterical, but not surprisingly so.
Longtime anti-Trump voice Adam Schiff was predictably vitriolic when asked about the possibility of the report’s findings being held back from the public.
“If necessary, we will call Bob Mueller or others before our committee,” Schiff told CNN host Wolf Blitzer, adding that the House Judiciary Committee could request Attorney General Bill Barr testify on the report’s findings, as well.
Mueller may be finished, but there is still a whole lot of “RussiaGate” left to go.
As the Department of Justice works to sift through the 675 days’ worth of wide-scoped probe, the nation sits and waits, wondering when they, too, will be finished with the Mueller report.
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