WAIT, WHAT? Pelosi Says She’ll View Fuller Mueller Report — Next Week!
When the long-awaited report from special counsel Robert Muller was released April 18 — which concluded there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and no obstruction, either — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the report was “selectively redacted.”
“The Caucus is scheduling a conference call for Monday to discuss this grave matter, which is as soon as our analysis and this Holy Season’s religious traditions allow,” Pelosi said then, on Easter weekend. “Congress will not be silent,” she declared.
The full report — with far fewer redactions, which was demanded by Democrats — has been available to the top 12 members of the House and Senate ever since, including Pelosi. At any point, they could have gone to the Justice Department and into a restricted area known as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) to view the document.
So far, Pelosi hasn’t bothered.
But now — more than a month later — she says she’ll drop by to read the document.
“We will be having access to a less-redacted version of the Mueller report,” Pelosi told an audience at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, The Hill reported. “I accepted that because I’m afraid — I really don’t trust the attorney general of the United States.”
“If you’ve got to go down this path, you have to make sure that the public has an understanding of why,” she said. “What I believe is that when we go forward, as we go forward, it has to run deep.”
It’s anybody’s guess why Pelosi has continued to comment on the Mueller report when she hasn’t read all the documents available to her. But it’s par for the course for Democrats — to date, not a single Democrat has reviewed the less-redacted report.
Attorney General William Barr publicly released a version of the report that redacted classified material, as well as information about ongoing investigations and grand jury testimony. The less-redacted document, blocking out only the grand jury information.
While some Democrats have been urging impeachment since the report’s release, Pelosi has been cautious. And this week, Pelosi dismissed the idea of censuring the president. “I think censure is just a way out. If you’re going to go, you’ve got to go,” Pelosi said.
“If the goods are there, you must impeach,” she said. “Censure is nice, but it is not commensurate with the violations of the Constitution, should we decide that’s the way to go.”
Trump was investigated for 675 days by Mueller and a team of 19 lawyers. Despite 2,800 subpoenas and 500 witness interviews, the counsel’s office found no evidence “that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate” conspired or “knowingly coordinated” with Russians during the 2016 campaign.