A little over a year ago, Republicans wanted to release a memo detailing how the FISA protocols were ignored when the FBI secured permission to conduct surveillance of Trump campaign officials. Democrats objected, insisting that releasing the memo — even if national security secrets were redacted — would be an act of “treason,” it would “sabotage” the FBI, it would do Putin’s bidding, and it would invariably get people killed.
At the present moment, Democrats are calling on AG Bill Barr to immediately release Robert Mueller’s report into the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia during the 2016 campaign. Barr says he’s doing so as quickly as possible, but needs to redact sensitive information.
Democrats aren’t buying it, and are now accusing the Trump Administration of engaging in a “cover up” for not immediately releasing the report.
“Every day that goes by without the American people getting the actual report, the details that you talked about, is indicative of a cover-up,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) told CNN. “The fact of the matter is, all people have gotten out of the 400 pages is something less than 100 words. That’s not acceptable. And as a member of the intelligence committee, I can read documents. I’d be going through any redactions if something was necessary to protect national security. But it is time for the American people to get the facts and not get less than 100 words.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) suggested the same: “I think it’s very important that Congress have it and then that we turn it over as quickly as possible after we do the appropriate redactions to the American people. This is a democracy. A democracy runs on truth — and truth is the basis that unites us. But if we start running our government based on lies and deception and cover-up and make that the normal standard operating procedure, we’re moving into a very different form of government.”
On CNN, former Democratic congressman and member of the Judiciary Committee who filed impeachment charges against President Richard Nixon, Elizabeth Holtzman, likewise said the Trump Administration is engaged in a cover-up.
“The fact of the matter is that Barr could show that he cared about transparency if he went to the court, as Jaworski did, and said judge, please release this to the House Judiciary Committee,” Holtman said. “He is doing nothing of the kind. So, he is perpetrating, in my view, a cover-up. Secondly, there is no executive privilege with regard to the commission of a crime. That was decided in U.S. versus Nixon, when Nixon wanted to keep the tapes hidden and the Supreme Court said no, you’ve got to make them public.”
Members of the media have also started saying the same.
CNN’s Don Lemon asked if not releasing the memo more quickly is not indicative of a coverup, and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Nicolle Wallace both suggested it’s looking like a cover-up.
As usual, there’s more — check out the montage above.