This article is written from a Democratic point of view.
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped a Friday evening political bombshell that he had finished the long-awaited final report on the two-year investigation into potential collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia, in order to tilt the election to Trump.
The final report, which marks the completion of the investigation as a whole, is now in the hands of Attorney General William “Bill” Barr.
However, as word of Mueller’s report spread, Democrats across the spectrum began speaking as with one voice, demanding the full and public release of the report — while warning against allowing any “sneak preview” for Donald Trump.
“Now that Special Counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the Attorney General, it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a joint statement. “Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any ‘sneak preview’ of Special Counsel Mueller’s findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public.
“The Special Counsel’s investigation focused on questions that go to the integrity of our democracy itself: whether foreign powers corruptly interfered in our elections, and whether unlawful means were used to hinder that investigation,” Pelosi and Schumer added. “The American people have a right to the truth. The watchword is transparency.”
Although Mueller and his team completed their probe without additional indictments–signaling that Trump and his family avoided criminal charges as a result of Mueller’s work–none of them should breathe too freely.
Trump, his various family members, and some within his private business remain the focus of multiple federal and state probes.
Federal and state investigators continue to drill into Trump’s hush-money payoffs to women with whom he had alleged affairs, as well as his business dealings, his inauguration spending and more.
“There are indictments in this president’s future. They’re coming,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a former state attorney general, said prior to the release of the report. “Whether they’re after his presidency or during it, obviously the Department of Justice has said you cannot indict a sitting president.”