Democrats To Take To Streets Thursday If Unredacted Mueller Report Isn’t Released

This should turn out well

This will surely turn into a typical leftist protest, incorporating all their other gripes

(Common Dreams) A coalition of progressive advocacy groups representing millions of Americans is planning mass protests nationwide if Attorney General William Barr fails to release the full Mueller report by Tuesday night, the deadline established by congressional Democrats.

“We are calling for a National Day of Action on Thursday, April 4, to demand that Attorney General William Barr #ReleaseTheReport if he fails to meet the deadline set by congressional leaders of Tuesday, April 2,” the Trump Is Not Above the Law coalition said late Monday.

“Barr has offered an alternate timeline for a redacted version of the report,” the coalition continued, “but we deserve the full report and Congressional leaders and the American people expect it now.”

Barr has already stated it would be released mid-April, but, you know, the Dem base is like a 4 year old denied a cookie before dinner

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, was quick to reject Barr’s timeline and reiterate his demand for the full report—as well as all underlying evidence—by April 2.

On Monday, Nadler took steps  to authorize a subpoena for the complete report.

Expecting Barr to miss the deadline, advocacy groups—including MoveOn, Common Cause, Public Citizen, and Stand Up America—are planning demonstrations throughout the country to demand that all of Mueller’s findings be made public.

So, since he and the other unhinged elected Democrats didn’t get the report, I guess we’re going to get the usual bit of unhinged liberals chanting and yelling and shrieking and banging on drums and accomplishing…..nothing. Nadler himself knows damned well that it would be against the law to release the report unredacted. He argued this post-Bill Clinton impeachment.

Now, Mr. Starr in his transmittal letter to the speaker and the minority leader made it clear that much of this material is Federal Rule 6(e) material, that is material that by law, unless contravened by a vote of the House, must be kept secret. It’s grand jury material. It represents statements which may or may not be true by various witnesses, salacious material, all kinds of material that it would be unfair to release. So, I assume what’s going to have to happen before anything else happens is that somebody — the staff of the Judiciary Committee, perhaps the chairman and ranking minority member — is going to have to go over this material, at least the 400 or 500 pages in the report to determine what is fit for release and what is, as a matter of decency and protecting people’s privacy rights, people who may be totally innocent third parties, what must not be released at all. Now, the House Rules Committee will be meeting overnight, and I presume that we will vote tomorrow probably on a recommended rule as to how to handle the report.

And that vote of the House would be different today, as the special prosecutor was empannled differently that Mueller, who directly reported to the DOJ, so the House couldn’t vote. They could appeal to the federal judge involved, but, the judge would most likely avoid releasing the secret information. As Ed Morrissey goes on to note

Emphases mine. If that sounds familiar, it should; William Barr and others have made the same arguments about the contents of the special counsel report from Robert Mueller. On top of that, the Department of Justice has specific policies that prohibit the release of investigative material involving anyone who hasn’t been indicted. James Comey did that twice and got fired over it. That is why Trey Gowdy argued last week that the Mueller report shouldn’t be released in any significant form, public curiosity be damned. The executive summary should suffice for public consumption.

Most Democrats have really moved on from Russia Russia Russia. Most news on this is not front page. The opinion pieces and editorials have dried up. There’s just a few elected officials, some nutters like Rachel Maddow (whose ratings have collapsed), and the lunatic base who are holding on.

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10 Responses to “Democrats To Take To Streets Thursday If Unredacted Mueller Report Isn’t Released”

  1. Bill Bear says:

    It is not surprising that the far right is arguing that ignorance of the contents of the Mueller report is the best option.

    Ignorance has been a feature (not a bug) of the far right for decades.

    • alanstorm says:

      You misspelled “left” as “far right”. Almost as if you didn’t – or, more likely, couldn’t read the post. Which group is (unsurprisingly) planning a tantrum if they don’t get their way, per usual?

      Show your work.

      • Bill Bear says:

        “You misspelled “left” as “far right”.”

        That is a lie, of course. The far right is arguing in favor of ignorance of the contents of the report, as I initially stated.

        Wingnuts are lazy. They do not make even a minimal effort to make their lies look plausible.

      • Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

        Today we get to witness another textbook example of a logically fallacious argument from our boy.
        It’s called avoiding the issue.
        Look it up.

    • Jl says:

      Remember, when liberals speak or write there never is just “right”, it must always be “far right”. Much more drama-queenish that way…

  2. Bill Bear says:

    Let’s not forget that when unhinged far right wingnuts start chanting and yelling and shrieking and banging on drums, they do so to accomplish a very important goal: to throw sand into the gears of democracy, and shut down the legal recount of ballots in a national election.

  3. Dana says:

    The House of Representatives can subpoena the unredacted report, which I assume that Schiff-for-brains will do. They House are required to keep the unredacted report secret, but unless there’s nothing in there that would hurt President Trump, it will be leaked.

    Thing is, if Robert Mueller, an establishment Republican and #NeverTrumper if there ever was one, and his team of mostly Democrat lawyers, couldn’t find anything they believed would merit criminal charges against the President and his campaign, what’s left for the Democrats besides uncorroborated rumors and innuendo? The House can impeach, without a single Republican vote, but removal of the President would require the affirmative votes of twenty Republican senators, and even Jeffrey Jeffery in all of his permutations isn’t stupid enough to think that will happen.

  4. Professor Hale says:

    I don’t see why anyone would get upset by this. It’s not like the AG is going to lose 30K worth of emails on the way to congress. They are going to get the entire report. And even that won’t be good enough. It’s not like the AG is going to totally stonewall congress and the FOIA like Lois Learner did. It’s not like any actual Americans will be harmed by the actions of the AG delivering the report a whole 10 days later. Democrat party is really running low on manufactured outrage if this is all they have left.

  5. Professor Hale says:

    I also don’t see Dems actually using a subpoena to get the report. If they do, then they become responsible for safegarding the secrecy of the classified parts. They are incapable of doing that. As soon as any of it leaks, a democrat goes to jail. And there is a new AG, so their staff underlings aren’t “above the law” any more. Invest in more popcorn.

  6. Zachriel says:

    Dana: Thing is, if Robert Mueller, an establishment Republican and #NeverTrumper if there ever was one, and his team of mostly Democrat lawyers, couldn’t find anything they believed would merit criminal charges against the President and his campaign, what’s left for the Democrats besides uncorroborated rumors and innuendo?

    Impeachment is not dependent on the opinion of the Attorney General concerning criminality. Even if there is insufficient cause to bring about impeachment, the Congress has the responsibility of oversight, and new laws may be required to rein in corruption.

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