The Mueller Report’s “Rush to Judgment” by Mark Lerner
Dateline: Tuesday March 26 & Wednesday March 27, 2019.
The Mueller Report was completed and sent to the Department of Justice close to 4pm EDT on Friday March 22. Within the next hour, hundreds of reporters and journalists, nationally and internationally, were competing with one another to announce the breaking news of what would happen next with the report — now that the new U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy U.S. AG Rod Rosenstein would be going over the report for many hours on the following day.
What much of the public didn’t remember from the selection on May 17, 2017 – eight days after the firing of FBI Director James Comey – of former Marine and FBI Director Robert Mueller (born Aug. 7, 1944) to be the Special Counsel investigating possible Russian governmental interference in the 2016 presidential election was that any report he would provide to the Justice Department was not intended to be flung open to a future public overly eager to read about everything Mueller had uncovered. The eagerness of the public to become a kind of voyeuristic American grand jury supporting or disagreeing with Mueller’s findings only developed over nearly two years due to the large number of individuals indicted and convicted by Mueller — with many of these people associated with the Trump presidential campaign.
Therefore, since a 4-page summary of the undoubtedly lengthy Mueller Report was given to congressional leaders on Sunday March 24 by U.S. AG William Barr (immediately intensifying views from left, center and right politically-minded citizens), the key questions during this “Rush to Judgment” time-period are — What is actually stated in the report and will Congress follow through in its oversight and constitutional roles to look further into what Mueller’s team uncovered? And when will the report — if ever — become available to the public and with what highly-classified information redacted?
Across the board, the multi-media created a frenzied psychic atmosphere in the public-mass consciousness about possible collusion/conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and impeachment or removal of a president depending on what the Special Counsel and his team of investigators would discover. However, this investigation was never intended to be a “gotcha” on President Trump; its focus was on another nation’s “governmental” meddling into our complex manner of electing a president based on both state-wide popular vote totals that are then transformed into the crucial electoral votes required to become America’s chief executive for the next four years.