A redacted version of Robert Mueller’s long-awaited final report was publicly released on Thursday, and its principal conclusions were abundantly clear: there was no evidence was of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, and there was insufficient evidence to support a charge of obstruction of justice against President Donald Trump.
But while only a small portion of the report was redacted before its public release, Democrats were furious that the full text wasn’t made available to them — and now, Democrat leaders like Nancy Pelosi don’t even want to see a version that has even fewer redactions.
Democrats decline Barr’s offer
Attorney General William Barr has promised that select members of both parties will get the chance to see Mueller’s full report, save sections that outline grand jury proceedings and are thus strictly confidential — but Pelosi and her Dems aren’t having it.
Despite Barr’s offer being almost exactly what Democrats had demanded — a chance to view much of the classified and sensitive information contained in the redacted portions of the public report — the Democratic leaders declined the offer in an incredibly arrogant fashion.
That attitude was made clear in a letter sent to Barr on Friday from Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees.
“Given the comprehensive factual findings presented by the special counsel’s report, some of which will only be fully understood with access to the redacted material, we cannot agree to the conditions you are placing on our access to the full report,” the Democratic leaders wrote.
Democrats balked at the offer for senior leaders and their staffs to view a largely unredacted version of the Mueller report in a secure location at the Justice Department, primarily because it fell short of their absurd demand that a completely unredacted version of the report — along with all underlying documentation — is released in its entirety to the whole of Congress.
Of course, the reason for the Democrats’ demands could be an agenda-driven desire to leak to the media some of the sensitive information hidden by the redactions — a task that would be much more difficult to do if only a handful of leaders and staffers were permitted a brief viewing of the report at the DOJ.
However, with that gambit essentially blocked by Barr, the Democrats did indicate in their letter that they’d be open to discussions on a potential deal that would at least allow more members — though fewer than all — to see the unredacted report in some form or fashion.
“While the current proposal is not workable, we are open to discussing a reasonable accommodation with the Department that would protect
Crumbs of obstruction
Few on the left or in the media want to openly admit it, but Democrats like Pelosi are increasingly growing panicked now that the Mueller report has concluded that there was none of the oft-promised evidence of collusion that would lead to the impeachment of President Trump.
In an effort to satiate the unquenchable thirst for partisan revenge by the Democratic base, congressional Democrats have now moved the goalposts from collusion to obstruction.
But though Mueller seemed to offer some crumbs in that regard, the obstruction effort will almost certainly come up empty as well, leaving Democratic leadership at the mercy of an outraged base still demanding blood.