Subpoena the Mueller Report and Evidence

After 674 days, 34 indictments, and an untold number of cases handed over to district departments for continued investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report on Russia's interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William Barr, officially ending the probe. The report has been described as “comprehensive” by Justice Department officials, and is assumed to be hundreds of pages long. However, due to the rules governing the appointment of special counsels, the report's release to Congress and the public is up to AG Barr.

Within 2 days of receiving the report, Barr submitted a cryptic, carefully-worded 4-page letter to Congress providing his summary of the findings, in which he asserts "the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.” Furthermore, Barr's interpretation clears Trump of obstruction of justice even though the special counsel’s office “did not draw a conclusion — one way or the other — as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction.”

Currently it is unclear if and when Barr will provide more information on Muller’s findings. A 3.5-page summary is an unacceptable replacement for the lengthy report, which contains details on the Trump campaign’s conduct in regards to Russia and obstruction of justice.

Given the massive public interest, the many unanswered questions, and the significant importance to the country, the full report and evidence collected by Mueller must be given to Congress and made public. If Barr refuses, then Congress must take the necessary steps and subpoena the Justice Department for the information. Congress should also demand both former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw much of the probe, testify before Congress on their findings.

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