Congressional Democrats are dissatisfied with Attorney General William Barr’s summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report clearing the President of foreign collusion, and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is among those demanding a release of the full report to Congress.
Mueller’s long-anticipated report examining reports of Russian interference in the 2016 election was finally delivered to Attorney General Barr after a 22-month investigation, and a subsequent four-page summary, which also cleared the president of obstruction of justice, was delivered to Congress the following day.
“I just don’t think that American democracy can sustain a report of this magnitude remaining private,” Murphy told Bold TV. He continued, “At the very least Mueller has to give the report to Congress today, and then let us take a look at it and see if there are some sections that are so sensitive that they have to be redacted before it gets sent out to the public … I just hope that they recognize that if they continue to hide this report, it’s just going to get worse and worse.”
As of today, the Trump administration has not released the report to Congress or the public, and House Democrats have reportedly been preparing subpoenas to obtain the report. Barr’s office has stated the report would be released “by mid-April, if not sooner.”
“The administration won’t show the report to Congress, and that increasingly leads me to believe that there are some really damning revelations in that report that the attorney general may not be being straight about, because it’s just completely outrageous that they are hiding this report from Congress and from the public,” Murphy said. In his view, he said that concealing the report “has already eroded public trust.”
“Just imagine if Janet Reno had taken Ken Starr’s report and refused to give it to the Republican Congress, had sent them a four-page memo saying ‘President Clinton didn’t do anything wrong don’t worry about it, you don’t need to read the report.'” Murphy said. “Could you imagine the tempest that would have existed?”
On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump pointed out that Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, in the late 1990s opposed releasing grand jury information from Starr’s report on Clinton.
“In 1998, Rep. Jerry Nadler strongly opposed the release of the Starr Report on Bill Clinton,” Trump tweeted. “No information whatsoever would or could be legally released. But with the NO COLLUSION Mueller Report, which the Dems hate, he wants it all. NOTHING WILL EVER SATISFY THEM!”
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