Bipartisan Senate bill wants to force Mueller’s report to go public
A bipartisan bill is in the works to make Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report and findings available to the public. The bill, dubbed the Special Counsel Transparency Act, was introduced by Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on Monday.
The bill would require Mueller to release “all factual findings and underlying evidence” within two weeks of the bill’s passing.
“A special counsel is appointed only in rare serious circumstances involving grave violations of public trust,” Blumenthal and Grassley said in a joint statement. “The public has a right and need to know the facts of such betrayals of public trust.”
The public desperately needs this bill. With the Mueller team making arrest after arrest, the public is unsure of whether the team has actually gathered any material evidence against the president. Civil libertarians worry that Mueller’s arrests are merely intimidation schemes orchestrated by the Justice Department. The DOJ can calm these worries by simply revealing what is in their hand.
Reports last fall suggested the Mueller was in the final stages of gathering evidence and would release his report by Christmas Day 2018. Of course, that did not happen. Any reports suggesting that Mueller is close to finishing up now is being taken with a grain of salt by the American people.
The Mueller probe is virtually invincible. It would be political suicide for the president to fire Mueller — he has consistently stated he has nothing to hide.
Both sides would be best served if Mueller simply tells us what he’s got, if he’s got anything. The divisions caused by the probe have gone on long enough, and the country certainly needs to regroup.