Donald Trump is probably freaking out now that special counsel Robert Mueller has handed off his long-awaited report to attorney general William Barr. The president is likely comforting himself with thoughts about how the Republican Party will come to his rescue — or will it?
Democratic leaders are obviously calling for this report to immediately be made public, and Trump is going to be heartbroken to learn that many top Republicans are right behind them on this. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) has come forward, stating on Twitter that Barr “needs the time” to review the report, and hopes he will release “as much information as possible.” He said:
The Attorney General has said he intends to provide as much information as possible. As I have said previously, I sincerely hope he will do so as soon as he can, and with as much openness and transparency as possible.”
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) March 22, 2019
Even Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Trump’s BFF, said Barr “will pursue as much transparency as possible.” Graham tweeted:
I will work with Ranking Member [Dianne] Feinstein and our House Judiciary Committee colleagues to ensure as much transparency as possible, consistent with the law. I have always believed it was important that Mr. Mueller be allowed to do his job without interference, and that has been accomplished.”
Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have all encouraged transparency around the report. Kennedy said, “Mueller’s report needs to be released to the public ASAP. Americans deserve to know the contents, [and] I trust them to draw their own conclusions.”
Of course, some Republicans such as House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) have defended Trump and whined about the report online. Scalise wrote:
The only collusion was between Democrats and many in the media who peddled this lie because they continue to refuse to accept the results of the 2016 election.”
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 22, 2019
However, the Republican National Committee put out a statement that said, “It’s good this report has finally concluded.”
This shows that Trump has divided the Republican Party on pretty much everything and that some of them have already accepted the fact that this report might not go well for him. We can only hope that what is released over the next few days has not been compromised by Trump and his minions, who are desperate to look at the report beforehand.
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