Now our long wait begins.
Courtesy of NYT:
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, according to the Justice Department, bringing to a close an investigation that has consumed the nation and cast a shadow over President Trump for nearly two years.
Mr. Barr told congressional leaders in a letter late Friday that he may brief them within days on the special counsel’s findings. “I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,” he wrote in a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary committees.
It is up to Mr. Barr how much of the report to share with Congress and, by extension, the American public. The House voted unanimously in March on a nonbinding resolution to make public the report’s findings, an indication of the deep support within both parties to air whatever evidence prosecutors uncovered.
Mr. Barr wrote that he “remained committed to as much transparency as possible and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review.” He also said that Justice Department officials never had to check Mr. Mueller because he proposed an inappropriate or unwarranted investigative step — an action that Mr. Barr would have been required to report to Congress under the regulations. His statement suggests that Mr. Mueller’s inquiry proceeded without political interference.
Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have already issued a statement demanding the release of the full report.
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) March 22, 2019
I think the last poll found that 87% of the American people want this report to be made public, and even Donald Trump Jr. has said that the report should be released, so there really should be no issue.
But of course, we know there will be an issue, especially if this report reveals facts discovered by Mueller will prove collusion, conspiracy, or any other criminal behaviors.
However, Bill Barr took an oath to uphold the Constitution, not to serve this president.
So if we do not see this report by sometime today or tomorrow I say we take to the streets and demand that we get access to the findings from an investigation that our tax dollars paid to see completed.
Update: Here is the letter that Bill Barr sent out to Congress after receiving the report courtesy of NPR:
I write to notify you pursuant to 28 C.F.R § 600.9(a)(3) that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters. In addition to this notification, the Special Counsel regulations require that I provide you with “a description and explanation of instances (if any) in which the Attorney General” or acting Attorney General “concluded that a proposed action by a Special Counsel was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued.” 28 C.F.R § 600.9(a)(3). There were no such instances during the Special Counsel’s investigation.
The Special Counsel has submitted to me today a “confidential report explaining the prosecution and declination decisions” he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R § 600.8(c). I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.
Separately, I intend to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law, including the Special Counsel regulations, and the Department’s long-standing practices and policies. I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review.
Finally, the Special Counsel regulations provide that “the Attorney General may determine that public release of” this notification “would be in the public interest.” 28 C.F.R § 600.9(c). I have so determined, and I will disclose this letter to the public after delivering it to you.
William P. Barr
That all sounds pretty positive, but let’s see how this whole thing plays out.
I remain somewhat skeptical that we will see this full report without applying some serious pressure.