McConnell Blocks Resolution Calling For Mueller Report To Be Made Public

Republicans are simultaneously touting the Mueller report they haven’t read yet as “total exoneration” for Trump while also blocking calls for its immediate release.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. gives members of the media a thumbs up as he leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. gives members of the media a thumbs up as he leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

As the Trump administration is falsely calling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report a “total exoneration” of the president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked an effort to make it public.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (R-NY) introduced a non-binding resolution calling for the Mueller report to be publicly released and attempted to pass it with unanimous consent. McConnell blocked the effort claiming he wanted to give Attorney General William Barr more time to decide what parts of the report to make public.

As we reported earlier, in spite of the Trump administration’s claim that Mueller’s report is a “total exoneration” of President Trump, Barr’s summary claims that Mueller’s report states the following when it comes to obstruction of justice: “‘…while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”

The calls for Mueller’s report to be made public has mounted among Democrats who don’t have confidence in Barr’s decision to take it upon himself to clear Trump of obstruction of justice. The 19-page memo Barr wrote attacking Mueller’s obstruction case against Trump raises questions about whether he already had his mind made up before seeing the evidence. There is also sizable interest among Democrats to see the reasoning behind Mueller’s decision not to charge conspiracy when it comes to whether the Trump Campaign with the Russian government.

Meanwhile, six House Committee Chairs sent a letter to Barr demanding the full report be released by April 2. President Trump has said he is willing to see the report be released.

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