On Friday, March 22, 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr. This long-awaited report, centering on Russian collusion is welcomed by the Republicans. The Democrats on the other hand, are demanding the entire report be released and made known. The legislature needs to take a breath.
This Mueller report addressed whether or not Russia interfered with the 2016 election and/or colluded with Americans to do so. The findings of this report serve the interest of all Americans. The findings are not to be weaponized by either party. For these reasons this matter is rightfully in the neutral hands of Attorney General William Barr.
Barr’s responsibility is to all Americans, not the desires of the legislature.
Barr needs to review the report and then determine what information is classified, falls under national security issues, and public information. This topic was discussed at Barr’s confirmation hearing for Attorney General. When questioned under oath Barr indicated he will provide as much transparency as possible. That is providing Justice for All in the role of Attorney General.
Once the Mueller report was received, it appears the Democrats became concerned its constant accusations of Trump’s wrongdoing in the 2016 election may be disproved by Mueller’s investigation. If this happens, the Mueller report will support Trump’s position the entire investigation was a “Witch-hunt.” The Democrats have cause for concern.
It appears the Democrats first became concerned about the Mueller report upon learning Mueller indicated to the Attorney General, no further indictments are pending. That statement clearly indicates neither Trump or his 2016 Election team, including Robert Manafort, colluded with the Russians.
Trump’s conduct in 2016, if in question at all, most likely was neither a high crime or misdemeanor. If Trump had colluded with the Russians, then the individuals of Trump’s staff who assisted him would have been indicted.
If that occurred, the door would be wide open to impeach Trump and possibly prosecute him upon leaving office. Looking from afar, not knowing the facts, it appears to me although Mueller’s report may not compliment President Trump, it will not provide a pathway to Trump’s impeachment and indictment.
Since 2016, a significant portion of the Democratic party predicted Trump’s downfall and impeachment upon the findings of the Mueller report. The Democrats seem to believe a transparent report will not address its agenda.
The Democrats now want the Mueller report released in its entirety. Its been mentioned Robert Mueller or even Attorney General Barr will be called before Democratic led committees to answer questions it wants answered about the Mueller investigation.
It appears the Democrats are seeking a new path to follow if the Mueller report clears Trump of a high crime or misdemeanor. On the other hand, some Republicans also want the report to be released it is entirety.
Most likely, the Republicans feel the report can be used successfully against the Democrats predicting Trump’s downfall. The demands for the Mueller report to be released in its entirety only serves the political interests of each party.
Barr is conducting himself professionally. Upon receipt of the Mueller report, Barr forwarded a letter to the top members of the House and Senate judiciary committees. Barr did this to explain he will be meeting to consult with Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before briefing the lawmakers. It is reported, Barr reiterated he will keep his pledge to provide “as much transparency as possible.” Reportedly, Barr has indicated he will provide insight into his findings as soon as Sunday, March 24, 2019, followed by a transparent report of the findings.
It cannot be ignored Barr is ensuring he protects confidential information and national security protocols. Barr’s statement reiterates he is concerned with the rights of all Americans, not the political wants and desires of the legislature.
The Mueller report should be a conclusion, not an extension. The investigation had to do with Russian conclusion. If none is found, the Democrats and Republicans need to learn from this experience and move forward.
It must be noted, in July 2018, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 members of Russian military intelligence for hacking Democrats’ emails during the 2016 presidential election. It was also noted there was no collusion alleged with any Americans.
In February 2019, the Senate Intelligence Committee reported it did not uncover any direct evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia after a two-year investigation. And now the Muller investigation of Russian collusion into the 2016 election is closed without indicting an American.
One day prior to the Mueller report being submitted, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed his office is still investigating possible abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by the DOJ and FBI in their investigation into President Trump and associates during the 2016 campaign. This ongoing and continuing investigation into possible unlawful conduct on the part of the DOJ and FBI during the 2016 presidential election is the main story.
The FISA investigation is open and continuing. In time there will be a report of the findings. Those finding will be made available much like Attorney General Barr has cited. I will wait for the facts to be publicly known before I come to a determination of what did or did not happen.
As stated previously, Attorney General Barr should stay steady. He is to provide a transparent review and understanding of the Mueller report to the legislature, and the public, safeguarding confidential information and national security protocols. The professionalism of Barr will ensure the Mueller Report Provides Justice for All today as well as tomorrow.