After two years of agony and impatience, we have finally reached the conclusion of the Mueller report…but has the nation been irreparably harmed by it?
That’s the question that we will need to think long and hard about in the coming weeks, months, and possibly even years. As Mueller toiled, the nation’s anxiety stewed and steeped, infiltration every morsel of American society. We are divided today in ways that we haven’t been since Abraham Lincoln was still breathing, and there is only one way forward:
Release the entire Mueller report to the public.
This is an idea that was endorsed, in part, by the President himself on several occasions, as well as by a great many on both sides of the aisle in Congress.
Mitch McConnell, however, had a different idea.
U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blocked a second attempt by Democrats to pass a measure aimed at prodding the Justice Department to release to the public Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted 420-0 in favor of making the report public, with no Republican opposition.
On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr informed Congress that Mueller had concluded that President Donald Trump’s campaign did not collude with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. But the probe left unresolved the question of whether Trump engaged in obstruction of justice.
Democrats were in favor of the move as well.
“There is no good reason not to make the report public,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said.
This bipartisan call for transparency must not be ignored by leaders on Capitol Hill, as the very union to which we belong may depend on getting the answers buried within Mueller’s investigation.
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