Saturday, President Trump told fellow Republicans to “play along with the game!” The “game” he was referring to was backing what is a bipartisan call to go public with the Mueller report that investigated the possible involvement of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Referencing FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, the president tweeted: "On the recent non-binding vote (420-0) in Congress about releasing the Mueller Report, I told leadership to let all Republicans vote for transparency. Makes us all look good and doesn't matter."
Overgrowing concerns with some in Congress that the report will not go public, in a Tuesday vote the House supported a nonbinding resolution that would move to encourage Attorney General William Barr to release the report.
With the voted upon resolution being stated as non-binding, Mueller, Barr, and Trump are not held to any specific standards on what is and is not released to Congress—as is mandated and required by the Justice Department and that of federal law.
Republicans were quick to remind that even though they did give their support to the resolution, there was also the fact that the decision was not an actual force of law and held little sway over whether any part of the report would or would not be released to the public as a result.
Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal made the claim that there are concerns that the administration may still move to keep the report under wraps. Going so far as to boldly claim that Barr, himself, gave the indication that he'd work to exploit legal "loopholes" in an effort to hide Mueller's final report from the public—even resisting subpoenas if need be.
During his confirmation hearing in February, Barr had already stated to Blumenthal that "I will commit to providing as much information as I can, consistent with the regulations."
Although Trump has remained open to the report being made public, he still remains critical of the investigation as a whole in the first place. As recently as Friday, he has stated that the entire investigation was both “illegal” and “conflicted.”
He also made sure to re-emphasize that there was no collusion of any type between Moscow and his 2016 presidential campaign, as well as nothing that affected the presidential contest outcome.
If anything is to be done, including the making of the report public, that will ultimately lay at the door of the attorney general to decide.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Should the entire report be released and stand on its own in the court of public opinion?