Blumenthal, Murphy demand quick release of Mueller report
Washington – Connecticut’s senators joined other Democrats Friday in swiftly demanding the full release of special council Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference into U.S. elections.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr notified congressional leaders late Friday that Mueller had concluded his 22-month probe and said he might able to advise them of its “principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.”
The special council’s investigation examined possible obstruction of justice and Trump campaign collusion with Moscow as part of its probe of Russian interference during the 2016 election.
“Attorney General Barr should immediately turn over all records to Congress and make the full special counsel’s report public,” said Sen. Chris Murphy. “Mueller investigated issues at the very core of our democracy—including whether a foreign power worked with the president or his campaign to get him elected, and whether (President Donald) Trump and those around him tried to cover it up. The American people deserve to know all the facts now. The future of American democracy depends on it.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said “the imperative for transparency and full disclosure is immediate and urgent.”
“The public has a right to know all of the findings and evidence that resulted from this investigation,” Blumenthal said. “The public interest is paramount in disclosing not only conclusions, but the facts that led to them. There is no excuse for concealing any part of this report along with its findings and evidence – it would be tantamount to a cover-up.”
Blumenthal has said that, if needed, he would push to subpoena the Justice Department for information contained in Mueller’s report.
In his letter to leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, Barr said he intended to consult with Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law.”
“I am reviewing the report and anticipate I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,” Barr wrote.
Mueller’s probe has already resulted in the indictment of 34 people, including six former Trump aides or confidants. Those swept up in the indictments include Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, as well as Russian military officers and members of a Russian troll farm who tried to sow division among U.S. voters through fake social media accounts.
While Mueller’s probe remained leak-free, public court documents submitted during the investigation revealed how Trump associates like Manafort defrauded banks, cheated on their taxes, and lied repeatedly about their ties to Russia.
Trump has repeatedly denounced Mueller’s investigation as a witch hunt and said the probe has not turned up any evidence of collusion between his re-election campaign and the Kremlin.
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