Maybe it all went a bit fast: no conspiracy with RussiaThat's Donald Trump's version. The brief summary of the Mueller investigation into the manipulation attempts during the US election 2016 was enough for him completely. The US President does not want to read more than the four-page letter from Attorney General William Barr about the special investigator's nearly 400-page report (plus tables and attachments, so much is known). Finally, all the allegations are from the world, Trump has always said it: All this is just a failed coup attempt disappointed Democrats, who can not get over, to have lost against him. He is the winner. So now full focus on governing, all the strength in reelection. Only: There's something else coming – and it's not going to be nice.
For almost two years, Robert Mueller, with a lavishly equipped investigative team, followed in the footsteps of a Russian attack on US democracy. For concrete agreements and joint intentional action of the then presidential candidate, his people and the Kremlin, they have found no viable evidence – given that they should be suitable to leave in court no doubt about criminal offenses. That's the knowledge after Barr's letter. Claiming that it proved that there was no conspiracy is a wanton distortion of the facts. The same applies to the accusation of judicial disability, Mueller has drawn no conclusion from this chain of investigation, neither for a definite crime nor a discharge of Trump – the Minister of Justice has concluded from it: The evidence is not enough.
Whether Barr's rendition of the findings is correct, whether his decisions are justified on this basis, no one can understand without reading the full report. Unless he or she was there, Mueller's team had the evidence in mind. These people, like their boss, have been disciplined for almost two years; there were not the usual leaks to trustworthy journalists, even though the world wanted to know what the investigators knew. The fact that some can no longer keep silent is therefore all the more remarkable.
"Alarming and significant"
US media report the "smoldering frustration" of some investigators: In the words of the Minister of Justice, they see the results of their work is not adequately reflected. Her concern was that Barr might have succeeded in shaping the public discourse with a narrative in which the actual findings no longer change much – though the evidence is "alarming and significant" – much more evident than the letter suggests. Mueller's team prepared their own summaries for each chapter of the report. They could have been published without any legal concerns, editing would not have been necessary. "The work would have spoken for itself", quotes the Washington Post an informant.
Instead, it seemed to Barr that it was necessary to formulate the investigative findings for Congress and the public itself. In a later letter to Congressional justice committees, he even denied the idea that his "supplemental communication" had been intended as an "exhaustive retelling" of Mueller's investigative work or report: it merely summarized the "principal conclusions". At the same time, he announced that he would provide an edited version of the full report by mid-April – and then publicly announce it on the committees.
The number of questions which Democrats particularly want to ask him is likely to have increased with recent developments. They are also extremely impatient with the promised passing on of the Mueller report: they want it quickly and completely, along with all the underlying documents, and are ready to enforce their claim with a binding order. Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, also disapproves of blackouts that are legally binding for a public release to protect sources, methods and other investigations: "The committee needs to know everything," he said Wednesday , Members could handle sensitive information, and Barr's verdict could not be relied on.
The citizens want to see the Mueller report
Meanwhile, the Democrats are pushing ahead with their own investigations in the House of Representatives, issuing summonses for various former Trump confidants, such as former chief strategist Stephen Bannon or ex-chief of staff Reince Priebus. It has long been considered when the right time has come to interview Mueller himself or his investigators. They have already requested access to Trump's six-year personal and business tax records through the Finance and Tax Committee.
From the perspective of the Republicans, this is all political theater, for Trump the continuation of the "witch hunt" as he has discredited the investigation from the beginning. The American citizens are split in recent polls along their loyalties: apparently all feel confirmed in what they have believed before. At the same time, the majorities are overwhelming when it comes to fully publishing the Mueller report – almost everyone in the US wants that Trump boldly twitters, it hardly interests anyone,
Whether the findings of the special investigator really contain sensitive revelations, and even if that changes something, remains questionable. Maybe Trump's story works, maybe he's too happy too soon. The hopes of his opponents that Mueller will provide the undoubted basis for impeachment may be gone, but it has not become easier for the president. From Congress to the courts will be in Washington and in addition many conflicts still have to be resolved. Full focus on governing, all the strength in reelection, as Trump has set out to do – that's not going to happen.