Not sure if I should be excited or worried about this.
Courtesy of CNN:
Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller’s confidential report, according to people familiar with the plans.
The preparations are the clearest indication yet that Mueller is nearly done with his almost two-year investigation.
The precise timing of the announcement is subject to change.
Barr has said that he wants to be as “transparent” as possible with Congress and the public, “consistent with the rules and the law.”
Under the special counsel regulations, Mueller must submit a “confidential” report to the attorney general at the conclusion of his work, but the rules don’t require it to be shared with Congress, or by extension, the public. And, as Barr has made clear, the Justice Department generally guards against publicizing “derogatory” information about uncharged individuals.
As a result, one of the most pressing questions Barr will face in the coming weeks is the extent to which Mueller’s findings should be disclosed to Congress.
A lot of us are worried that Barr was appointed Attorney General to either quash this report or hide its findings from the public.
In fact, the Washington Post is reporting that the White House is particularly concerned about what the report might reveal:
An adviser to President Trump said there is palpable concern among the president’s inner circle that the report might contain information about Trump and his team that is politically damaging, but not criminal conduct.
I actually think they are worried about both political damage as well as criminal conduct.
There are a number of pundits suggesting that Mueller has had years to prepare for a potential whitewash of the findings, and therefore must have contingency plans.
But if not it appears that the Democrats in Congress are ready to take up the fight.
Courtesy of Boston Globe:
Democrats in Congress may seek to subpoena Special Counsel Robert Mueller or the results of his Russia probe if the results — expected to be submitted to the Justice Department as early as next week — aren’t publicly released.
“The public will feel rightly that there is a coverup” if details are withheld, Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, told CNN Thursday.
My personal belief is that we will see the report, I think it is just too important to stay hidden.
However it may take some time before we see it in its entirety, and I guarantee the White House and the sycophantic Republicans will fight its release every step o the way.