Donald Trump basically called the vast majority of Americans “crazed” Monday when he applied the term to Democrats for pursuing a vote to subpoena Robert Mueller’s full Russia report from Attorney General William Barr.
“No matter what information is given to the crazed Democrats from the No Collusion Mueller Report, it will never be good enough,” Trump tweeted after stories surfaced of the House Judiciary Committee’s effort to obtain the full report.
So the Democrats are crazed for wanting to see a report that was researched and investigated over two painstaking years in which prosecutors worked in near total secrecy while Trump vomited conspiracy theories about it on the daily? Well then, Democrats are as crazed as some 70 percent-plus of Americans who also want to see Mueller’s report, according to several polls released last week: NPR/PBS (75 percent), CBS (77 percent), and Quinnipiac (84 percent).
As House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler aptly wrote in the New York Times Monday, “America is done waiting for the Mueller report.” Among many searing points Nadler made in the op-ed about the necessity of Congress accessing all of Mueller’s work, he zeroed in on sheer senselessness of Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluding that Trump didn’t obstruct justice due to their view of a lack of an underlying criminal conspiracy. Nadler wrote:
Did he discuss that conclusion with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — who, while a federal prosecutor, routinely charged individuals with obstruction without charging the underlying crime? Did the attorney general forget that the special counsel indicted 37 other people, including the president’s campaign manager, deputy campaign manager and former national security adviser, for various crimes, including conspiracy against the United States? Did he lose track of his own prosecutors, who effectively named the president as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Southern District of New York?
Congress must see the full report to fulfill its constitutional duties. Americans deserve to see the full 400-page-plus report and appendices after waiting two years for it. And Democrats are embarking on the journey to subpoena that material, setting up what could be a high-stakes legal showdown between Congress and the executive branch.