Now that the news that Special Counsel Mueller’s report has finally been delivered to the Department of Justice, the media and the public are clamoring for any kind of assurance that we’ll actually be able to see the results of the probe for ourselves.
Under the rules governing how the Special Counsel works, his report is only submitted to the Department of Justice, where it will be reviewed by Attorney General William Bar and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who then gets to decide what parts of it, if any, will be sent to Congress and revealed to the public.
The fear is that Barr, a Trump appointee, will decide to simply bury the report and make sure that none of the important parts ever see the light of day — but Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who has spearheaded the House’s probe into the myriad misdeeds of Donald J. Trump, quickly made it clear on Friday night that there was no way in hell that the Mueller report was going to stay hidden.
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During an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Schiff announced that should it come down to it, his committee would subpoena anyone necessary, including Mueller and Attorney General Barr himself, to testify under oath and tell the American people about what the Mueller report contains.
“”If necessary, we will call Bob Mueller or others before our committee…At the end of the day, the (Justice) department is under a statutory obligation to provide our committee with any information regarding significant intelligence activities, including counterintelligence. And it’s hard to imagine anything more significant than what Bob Mueller has been investigating.”
On top of that, Schiff made it clear earlier in the day that while the Mueller report may not contain any new recommendations for indictments, that does not prevent other law enforcement bodies to take up the charge — especially at the state level, which are immune from the exonerating powers of the presidential pardons.
Schiff to @MSNBC on 'no further indictments': "It doesn't mean, of course, that Main Justice, or the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney's office or the Eastern District or others may not bring indictments … It's entirely possible … there will be other indictments."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 22, 2019
In other words, this is only just beginning — and no matter what, Trump and his cronies are not going to be escaping scot-free.