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If Dems Want Mueller Report, They Need to (Actually) Embrace Transparency


Attorney General William Barr has assured congressional Democrats that they will get the Mueller report after it has been redacted to remove classified material, material that would expose methods and sources, and other material that might unfairly implicate individuals not central to the investigation. For the Democrats, this assurance is not good enough. They are preparing documents and subpoenas, and they are taking their case to the public. They need to see the full Mueller report, and not just that, they need to see all of the “underlying” raw evidence Mueller collected en route to filing his final report. Who knows? They might want to retrace his steps and spend the next two years re-doing the investigation!

In fact, that is exactly what they want to do. Polls show that a majority of Americans on both sides of the political spectrum want to see the Mueller report released publicly, and that’s fine. But the danger is that eventually Republicans will capitulate to the Democrats and begin exercising their own pressure on getting a full, unredacted Mueller report. They will do this because they think that their colleagues across the aisle will finally be satisfied. Make no mistake about it: They won’t be.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this is not, was not, and never will be about finding the “truth.” This is solely about investigating President Trump from here to Kingdom Come so that he is weakened going into the 2020 elections. And if they can’t defeat him at the ballot box, they will then do everything they can to bring impeachment proceedings against him. In the meantime, they want to use whatever tidbits they can find in the full Mueller report to call witness after witness before Congress, to leak guilty-sounding except after guilty-sounding excerpt. Congressional Democrats will turn into the primary source for the New York Times and the Washington Post, which will publish these excerpts with all the same journalistic integrity and prudence they have demonstrated since Trump took office.

Sen. Rand Paul is on the right track. If Democrats want this report released in the name of government transparency, it is only fair that they agree to the same disclosure when it comes to the origins of this outrageous investigation. If we’re going to put the special counsel’s conclusions to the public, let us also show the American people how we came to appoint a special counsel in the first place. FBI and DOJ officials claim they didn’t rely on the Steele dossier to launch the probe? Let them prove it with extensive documentation. Let’s pull the lid off this whole thing and find out how many grubby maggots are crawling around.

If Democrats aren’t willing to go along with that plan, maybe voters will start asking themselves why.

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  1. nancy pelosi is rich and holds the third most powerful position in our government she has a lot of power in what bills become law so if she wants transparency then she should provide her tax returns all years she has been a member of the House.

    • And she needs to include tax returns for her husband’s businesses – what contracts was his companies awarded from the government? None of them are transparent. And Trump was a billionaire before he became president – what do they want to see. Of course, I ‘m sure that they have accountants do their taxes so would they even know what they were looking at?

  2. How diabolical is nancy pelosi?
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    She demands transparency, want’s the whole mueller report released, and now she wants 6 years of President Trumps tax returns put out.
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    Is she so diabolical that she is attempting to impeach President Trump for her own personal agenda, her desire to become President of the United States of America, for I predict that if she was clever enough to impeach and then remove President Trump from office nancy pelosi would then set her eyes on the newly installed President Pence and was again successful in forcing him from office she is the next in line to become President.
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    Just how diabolical is nancy pelosi?

    • What does anything you say… have to do with the article? 199 criminal counts, 37 indictments, 7 guilty pleas, over 100 contacts between Trump officials and Russia… clear, indisputable, public attempts at obstruction, not only from Trump, but multiple members of Congress, the Senate… Fox news and others…. ALL TRIGGERED by the original attempt at obstruction, Trump’s demand of personal loyalty from Comey… and his request for him to drop the Flynn investigation. (Flynn…. who was caught lying about his contacts with Russia… Not to mention, Jeff Sessions, who lied about his contacts with Russia, then recanted… and had to recuse himself for conflict of interests) IGNORE THE FACTS…. and just attack someone else! That’s exactly what Trump does. No matter how clear the evidence, he just lies and goes on the attack. Not sure what that makes you… for supporting him?

  3. “If we’re going to put the special counsel’s conclusions to the public, let us also show the American people how we came to appoint a special counsel in the first place.”

    The Special Counsel was appointed because Mr. Trump fired the FBI Director…. for not letting go of the Flynn investigation. Flynn made contacts with the Russian Ambassador BEFORE Trump was inaugurated to talk about sanctions imposed by Obama, etc… then lied to the FBI about it. Trump admitted to Lester Holt.. that he fired Comey because of ‘the Russia thing’. Let the committees see the FULL report… PERIOD. Classified material doesn’t have to be released to the public. Complete transparency is required.

  4. All one has to do is investigate Nancy Pelosi’s tax payers family and friends vacations. She took one last year that cost $250,000.00 tax dollars for one week. And don’t listen to those who argue Trump going to his place in Fla, because Nancy does the same thing on the Goverment issued aircraft she uses as Speaker of the House. Think about it, how easy is it to say something and yet not give all the facts.

  5. I have always wondered how so many in congress have become wealthy when they have always earned just a government salary. Perhaps having every congressman’s tax returns might be a good thing.

    • Their ‘government salary’…. makes them part of the Top 1% crowd already, but passing laws dictated to them by their corporate puppet-masters, giving them inside information, which is supposed to be illegal to use and profit from…. has been a part of government corruption for over 200 years. Why then, would millionaires, billionaires… or even ‘fake’ billionaires… EVER want to run for office? Why the revolving door between government jobs and K-Street, where they’ll trade in their government salary for 4, 5, 10 times that amount or more, as a Lobbyist?

      Trump was working on ‘Trump Tower Russia’ all through his campaign… one of his biggest deals ever, promising Putin a 50 million dollar penthouse. Let’s see what happens to that deal when he retires from Pennsylvania Ave… and is no longer Vladimir’s useful idiot ‘poop-stoolie’.

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