Trump doesn’t want the American people to see the full contents of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Or at least that’s the distinct message that his rhetoric over the past few days has been sending.
This morning, he unleashed a Twitter rant in which he claimed that Democrats won’t be satisfied no matter what information is released, the clear implication being that he shouldn’t even bother to make anything more public.
The idea that we might be stuck with just the brief summary of the report released by Trump’s handpicked Attorney General William Barr is unsettling, especially since Barr himself admitted that Mueller explicitly did not exonerate the president. We the people have a right to see the full report.
Now, Trump is pushing this line of rhetoric even further. The Hill reports that Trump called Democratic efforts to force the release of the full Mueller report “somewhat of a waste of time.” His comments come on the eve of a planned vote in the House to issue a subpoena for the entire report as well as the evidence it was compiled from. One can’t rule out the possibility that he is trying to lay the groundwork for an eventual refusal to release the report.
“So there’s no collusion. The attorney general now and the deputy attorney general ruled no obstruction. They said no obstruction,” Trump said. In reality, Mueller declined to make a decision on whether or not there was obstruction of justice, quite possibly simply because the Department of Justice has longstanding protocols not to indict a sitting president.
The president went on to insist that he’d live with Barr’s ultimate decision on how much of the report to release, but again this is hardly comforting given that Trump himself appointed Barr. At the same time, Trump couldn’t help but once again smear House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) over their brave work supporting Mueller’s probe.
“After $30 million we’re going to start this process over again because Jerry Nadler wants to start it or because Schiff wants to start it? I’ll rely on the attorney general to make decisions, but I will tell you, anything that’s given to them will never be good enough,” Trump said.
“So, I think it’s somewhat of a waste of time. This is just politics at a very low level,” he continued.
It would appear that Trump is less than confident in his own innocence. If he truly believed that the Mueller report exonerated him he would be pushing to release it immediately. The manner in which he is dragging his feet and attacking Democrats for wanting to release the report in full indicates that there very well might be extremely damaging information about the president and his associates contained within.
Americans need to know and they need to know now.