Is it time to move on from the Mueller report?

Special Council Robert Mueller did not find that President Trump, or the people running his campaign, coordinated with Russia to interfere with the election.

Special Council Mueller did, however, find actions that were obstructive, but he did not draw conclusions or make recommendations as to whether or not they should be prosecuted.

And that’s why were still here, talking about this–even though we all breathed a sigh of relief about our president and our democracy–there are still some lingering questions.

Are you ready to bury the Mueller report in a shallow grave in the backyard? Or, should we continue the investigation all the way to its end?

Let’s take a look.

It’s time to move on from the Mueller report.

a good day for America

Couldn’t agree more: we are better as a nation to feel comfortable that our President did not conspire with our arch enemy in order to win an election. We are also better as a nation to feel that our justice department ran a thorough investigation, and that the rule of law still stands.

we’re never going to see most of the Mueller report

Department of Justice policies state that prosecutors shouldn’t release information to the public about “unindicted conduct”  because it could be misinterpreted, or make people seem guilty in the court of public opinion.

investigation was exhaustive and careful

Mueller indicted 34 people, including Russian intelligence operatives and some of Trump’s closest aides and advisers. The indictments show the Trump campaign to be interested in benefiting from the Russian effort in the 2016 election but they don’t show the team participating in it.

Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman, was accused of additional crimes.

Isn’t that enough scrutiny?

voters are ready to move on

50% of adults surveyed in a recent USA Today/Suffolk University poll say that the Russia investigation is a “witch hunt” and believe that President Trump has been the target of more scrutiny than other presidents because of his politics.

We need to finish the investigation.

total exoneration not true

President Trump claims “total exoneration,” which is not true. Mueller did not exonerate the President with regard to obstruction of justice (like the firing of FBI director James Comey). Here, Mueller does not make a recommendation about whether or not to prosecute.

In Barr’s response letter, you can read Mueller’s words: “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

So, what did the President do to obstruct justice? This is a question that might need answering.

the Barr factor

Because Barr was appointed by Trump, and the recommendation was made for him to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation because he had previously voiced his opinion that he did not think there was a case of obstruction of justice, some might question Barr’s conclusions.

Had Barr made his decision about Trump’s innocence prior to reading the report?

we need to see the report

Voters want Mueller’s final report released, according to a new poll.

A Suffolk University–USA Today poll found that about 62% of voters said it is very important that the findings of Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election be made public, while another 20 percent said they think it is somewhat important.

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