A week ago last Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller delivered to U.S. Attorney General William Barr his completed report on possible attempts by Donald Trump and his campaign to collude with Russia to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and to obstruct the later investigation into those activities. On March 24th, Barr released a four-page summary of Mueller’s report (a report that was hundreds of pages long). Barr’s summary of Mueller’s conclusions? That Mueller “did not establish” collusion. And also, that Mueller did not draw a conclusion on the question of obstruction, despite much evidence of obstruction.
Mueller’s reasons for not coming to a conclusion on the obstruction issue are still unknown. It was possibly his acknowledgement of the U.S. Department of Justice position that a sitting president cannot be indicted. So maybe he intended to just pass on to the U.S. Congress those facts that would allow them to make their own decision as to possible impeachment.
But Barr is a political appointee of President Trump, which has raised concerns for many. He also penned an earlier memo disputing the validity of the Mueller investigation. Overwhelming majorities of Americans from both parties are now demanding the release of the full Mueller report.
Adam Schiff, congressman and chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is among them. Schiff is saying that while the actions of Trump and his campaign may not have risen to the level of prosecutable conspiracy, he has already seen plenty of evidence of collusion.
On March 28th, after many of the president’s defenders in Congress attacked Schiff for his criticism of the president, Schiff spoke to them about all of the actions by President Trump that he considers “not ok”: “I say this to the President, and his defenders in Congress: You may think it’s okay how Trump and his associates interacted with Russians during the campaign. I don’t. I think it’s immoral. I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. And yes, I think it’s corrupt.”
I strongly recommend you take a listen to the summary Schiff offered his congressional colleagues.