A top Republican Senator just became the first to break ranks with his party and demand the release of the Mueller Report.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is one of the more influential members of the GOP Senate caucus outside of leadership, which is why the nation was surprised to see him take to Twitter in support of releasing the Mueller Report, especially considering his colleagues have blocked efforts to release the report five times so far.
MSBNC’s host Lawrence O’Donnell publicly wondered if this was a turning point in the battle to release the Special Counsel’s report on President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia and obstruction of investigations into the interference in the 2016 election.
Wow! The 1st big crack in the Republican wall? https://t.co/RFVU1UOQoe
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) April 4, 2019
A 420-0 unanimous vote of the House of Representatives passed a resolution in favor of releasing Mueller’s report to the public.
But Senate Republicans continue to block the release of the Mueller Report to Congress in its complete and unredacted form, while House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) holds an active authorization to subpoena the records. Rep. Nadler demanded that Attorney General Bill Barr release the report to Congress by April 2nd, but he has failed to do so.
Meanwhile, President Trump has completely flip-flopped on releasing the Mueller Report, a sure sign that it is infinitely more damaging than his recent political appointee for Attorney General has told the public.
Last night, a New York Times bombshell reported that members of Mueller’s team have been complaining that Barr gave the public the wrong impression of their work. The Post reports that Mueller’s team created multiple summaries of their work with the intent that it would be quickly disseminated to the public.
Now, NBC News says that Mueller’s team indicates that their conclusions were much more damning than Barr’s summary indicated.
NBC News has confirmed that some members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team have expressed frustration that AG Barr cleared Trump of obstruction and they believe the evidence is stronger than Barr suggested in his March letter summarizing Mueller’s findings.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) April 4, 2019
If Senator McConnell’s colleagues continue to break ranks with the president, at some point he will have little choice left politically but to allow a vote to go forward.
The Barr memo’s attempt to exonerate the President for his unscrupulous and potentially impeachable behavior has resulted in a backlash that is only growing now that one of the Senate’s most important members has added his voice to the chorus.