After 674 days, 34 indictments, and an untold number of cases handed over to district departments for continued investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report on Russia's interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William Barr, officially ending the probe. The report has been described as “comprehensive” by Justice Department officials, and is assumed to be hundreds of pages long. However, due to the rules governing the appointment of special counsels, the report's release to Congress and the public is up to AG Barr.
Within 2 days of receiving the report, Barr submitted a cryptic, carefully-worded 4-page letter to Congress providing his summary of the findings, in which he asserts "the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.” Furthermore, Barr's interpretation clears Trump of obstruction of justice even though the special counsel’s office “did not draw a conclusion — one way or the other — as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction.”
Currently it is unclear if and when Barr will provide more information on Muller’s findings. A 3.5-page summary is an unacceptable replacement for the lengthy report, which contains details on the Trump campaign’s conduct in regards to Russia and obstruction of justice.
Given the massive public interest, the many unanswered questions, and the significant importance to the country, the full report and evidence collected by Mueller must be given to Congress and made public. If Barr refuses, then Congress must take the necessary steps and subpoena the Justice Department for the information. Congress should also demand both former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw much of the probe, testify before Congress on their findings.
Three calls to make: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, and Representative Richmond or Scalise
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles: 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
I'm calling today because I'm concerned about potential suppression of the findings of the Mueller investigation. I’m asking Bill Cassidy to support subpoenaing the report, along with the evidence Mueller gathered in his investigation. Furthermore, the public needs to hear from Robert Mueller himself, and I expect Congress to hold hearings with both Mueller and Rod Rosenstein so unanswered questions can be resolved.
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be read https://5calls.org/issue/subpoena-mueller-report-evidence.