‘Congress could be the only institution currently situated to act on evidence of the President’s misconduct…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Democratic House committee chairs said they “expect” that Attorney General William Barr will make the report of Special Counselor Robert Mueller public, according to a press release from the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services.
On Friday, the chairs wrote to Trump’s new attorney general, saying that they want him to make the Mueller report public, “without delay and to the maximum extent permitted by law.”
The letter seems to confirm reports that the Mueller investigation will soon come to an end.
“If the Special Counsel has reason to believe that the President has engaged in criminal or other serious misconduct, then the President must be subject to accountability either in a court or to the Congress,” the letter read. “But because the Department has taken the position that a sitting President is immune from indictment and prosecution, Congress could be the only institution currently situated to act on evidence of the President’s misconduct.”
The Mueller investigation arose from a conspiracy theory suggesting that Donald Trump is a secret Russian puppet controlled by Vladamir Putin to undermine the United States government.
While the investigation has led to criminal charges for some who worked on Trump’s campaign, most have been for entirely unrelated “process crimes” such as tax fraud that were designed as perjury traps to secure witness cooperation.
Thus far, no publicly released evidence has linked Trump to any form of Russian collusion.
The letter calling for a public release of the Mueller report was signed by Elijah Cummings of Maryland, chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; Eliot Engel of New York, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Jerrold Nadler of New York, chairman of the Judiciary Committee; Richard Neal of Massachusetts, chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means; Adam Schiff of California, chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and Maxine Waters of California, chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services.
Barr, 68, was confirmed last week to be Attorney General, his second stint in the office.
He first served as the nation’s top law enforcement officer in the administration of George H.W. Bush from 1990 to 1991.
His confirmation prevailed last week by a 54-45 vote in the U.S. Senate.