The House voted 420-0 for Robert Mueller’s final report to be released publicly (four Republicans voted “present.”)
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler declared, “It is important that Congress stand up for the principle of full transparency.” That, of course, is pure, USDA Grade-A baloney. House Democrats have little use for transparency about their own offices, taxes or finances. They just want anything that might prove damaging or embarrassing to President Trump waved around in public like a giant foam finger. As for their claims that the report must be made public to “clear up any questions,” that’s also a load of cheap luncheon loaf. Before even seeing the report, Adam Schiff has already declared that he won’t accept it and will keep launching more investigations anyway.
For their part, Republicans are betting the Mueller probe will have labored mightily, expensively and at great length and found zero “Russian collusion.” But if the report remains secret, as the law requires, Democrats would keep flailing that dead horse forever.
Besides, what’s the point in even trying to keep it secret? Does anyone seriously believe that some Democratic committee member wouldn’t leak it to the New York Times or CNN faster than it would take the town gossip to blab about your Aunt Gertie’s hysterectomy? I’m amused that they even bothered to include the part about redacting classified information. If any classified information reflects badly on Trump, that would be the first thing leaked. They’d either rush over to Rachel Maddow’s TV studio or put it on Hillary’s email server, whichever spreads classified information faster.
Worth noting: this is a “nonbinding resolution.” So maybe it won’t be released, because Congress members are absolutely bound first and foremost to their duty to observe the law and not their desire to harm their political opponents.
Anyone buy that? If so, I have some lovely oceanfront property in South Dakota I’d like to sell you.