Mueller Report Release and Reaction Watch

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 3/23/2019 | Fuzzy Slippers
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The long-awaited Mueller report was released yesterday, and to the stunned, unhappy shock of the left, he has reportedly not recommended any further indictments.

Reports are circulating that Attorney General William Barr could release a summary to Congress as early as today.

Reports - Contents

If that happens, there are sure to be reports on the summary contents, and we’ll keep you posted should and as those unfold.

Meanwhile, Ken Starr has penned an interesting piece at the Atlantic that reminds readers of the regulations surrounding the special counsel investigation and report.

Regulations - Appointment - Acts - Mueller - Report

Under the regulations that governed his appointment and now guide his final acts, Mueller is to provide a confidential report to one person only: the attorney general. The regulations, which were promulgated 20 years ago during the final months of the Clinton administration, do not contemplate any sort of report sent directly from the special counsel to Congress or the general public.

To the contrary, the regulations call upon the attorney general, William Barr, to receive the confidential report and then do two things: First, to notify Congress of the investigation’s completion and, second, to provide an explanation for certain specifically enumerated actions. There is no requirement for a Barr-edited version of the Mueller report.

Mueller - Report - Document - Barr - Desk

In short, there may be no Mueller report at all, save for the confidential document that lands on Barr’s desk. And these same regulations do not require the attorney general to simply pass along a “confidential” report that may very well contain unflattering information about one or more individuals. Including the president.

Barr also has inherent discretion, as an officer of the Justice Department, to share whatever he intends to report to Congress with the president and the president’s lawyers. Why would he do that? To ensure that the president’s constitutionally recognized privilege—executive privilege—is dutifully safeguarded.

Attorney - General - Power

The attorney general also has the raw power...
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