Mueller Concludes Investigation on President Trump- No New Indictments

President Donald Trump talks on the phone aboard Air Force One during a flight to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to address a joint gathering of House and Senate Republicans, Thursday, January 26, 2017. This was the President’s first trip aboard Air Force One. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)Commentary

President Donald Trump talks on the phone aboard Air Force One during a flight to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to address a joint gathering of House and Senate Republicans, Thursday, January 26, 2017. This was the President’s first Trip aboard Air Force One. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his investigation on President Trump without a recommendation of criminal charges against him. Attorney General William Barr wrote congressional leaders a letter which notified them of Mueller finishing his investigation and that a summary of the report could be available in the next couple of days.

The Begining

For the past two years, Democrats have been eagerly awaiting the end of the Mueller investigation that would uncover hard facts concerning the Trump campaign and Russia. Unfortunately, as the investigation has drawn on, it seemed less likely that there would be evident collusion after all.

So when news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had closed the investigation without any new indictments, it wasn’t much of a surprise but it has sparked life back into Democrats who have vowed to continue investigating Trump and Russia.

Starting with the Democrats rallying for full disclosure of the special counsel’s final report. “If the Justice Department doesn’t release the whole report or tries to keep parts of it secret, we will certainly subpoena the parts of the report and we will reserve the right to call Mueller to testify before the committee or to subpoena him,” [1] House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said in a statement.

Full Disclosure

When the Mueller investigation began and people asked what the criminal predicate for it was Democrats stated the importance of disclosure. If the news got ahold of something like that, it could compromise the entire U.S. government. Revealing the basis of the Trump-Russia investigation could destroy the FBI and the rule of law. [2] Although now it appears that it really wouldn’t compromise that much if they disclosed the full final report about the president of the United States.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN that an investigation was still going on. “If necessary, we will call Bob Mueller or others before our committee, I would imagine the judiciary committee may call the attorney general if necessary.”

Attorney General William Barr wrote in his letter to lawmakers that he planned on “remain[ing] committed to as much transparency as possible” [3] when it comes to revealing the final report. Disclosure is wanted, but if we are going to give full disclosure over Mueller’s report about our uncharged president, we might as well have full disclosure when it comes to the findings that led to the Mueller investigation, all of the testimonies, and all of the FISA warrant applications.


Notes:

  1. ^Mikelionis, Lukas. “Democrats vow to keep investigating Trump despite Mueller’s conclusions, no new indictments.” Fox News, 23 Mar. 2019, www.foxnews.com/politics/democrats-vow-to-keep-investigating-trump-despite-muellers-conclusions-no-new-indictments. (go back↩)
  2. ^McCarthy, Andrew C. “After Mueller’s Exoneration of Trump, Full Disclosure.” National Review, 23 Mar. 2019, www.nationalreview.com/2019/03/trump-russia-investigation-mueller-report-full-disclosure-documents-testimony. (go back↩)
  3. ^William Barr Letter” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/03/22/mueller-report-read-attorney-general-barrs-letter-announcing-end-probe/3250287002/ (go back↩)

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