The Trump administration has performed victory laps since the Mueller report––or shall we say Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Mueller report––was released. The Mueller report, according to a letter penned by Barr on Friday, found insufficient evidence that President Donald Trump or members of his campaign “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
The battle to release the full report is well underway, but this hasn’t stopped prominent Republicans, like commentator Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., from suggesting that the matter is settled and that Congress must investigate those who propagated the “Russia hoax.”
— Kimberly Guilfoyle (@kimguilfoyle) March 27, 2019
Guilfoyle has an even more prominent supporter in Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who concurred with an assessment she penned for The Daily Caller. In fact, he suggested Congress should begin by investigating former President Barack Obama.
“What did President Obama know and when? How did this hoax go on for so long unabated?” he wrote.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 27, 2019
Paul was immediately savaged by critics. As others pointed out, Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has already blocked two resolutions to release the full Mueller report.
I want to know why McConnell obstructed and covered up Russian interference.
— mel567 (@mel567) March 27, 2019
Oh for effs sake Rand….why not just release the entire Mueller report???
— Sarah B (@FullCourtWife) March 27, 2019
Let me say this slowly. It wasn't a hoax. Their was enough indication IN PUBLIC VIEW that there was a problem that should be investigated. Release the report if you are so sure it vindicates trump.
— Shawn Wesley (@egg3000) March 27, 2019
Great, so yet another elected official taking marching orders from a Fox News personality. Remind me why I should pay you?
— Commit to Vote (@CommittoVote) March 27, 2019
You are so full of it! The Russians met with Trump's campaign staff. There are indictments. Guilty pleas. Etc. This was no hoax. Please stop being a politician for just one damn minute and be an honest human for once in your life.
— Vince (@invinceabull) March 27, 2019
In 2016, the FBI informed Obama that the bureau was investigating Russian attempts to interfere in the presidential election. Senator Mitch McConnell warned Obama against going public with the news, and said he would consider any attempt by the Obama administration to challenge the Russians publicly a partisan act.
Other Republicans who attended the briefing expressed concerns about going public with the allegations in the final stages of an election, arguing that they would only strike a blow to already shaken public confidence and give Moscow the upper hand.