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Make the Mueller Report Public

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Make the Mueller Report Public

I Lok U '20

I Lok U '20

I Lok U '20

President Donald J. Trump is controversial due to his immature language, behavior, and shady history. News sources have noted suspicious communication with foreign governments, lying to government officials, and misuse of public funds. Robert Mueller, appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, opened a Special Counsel Investigation on May 17, 2017. Mueller has been given the authority to investigate possible Russian influence in the 2016 United States general election, including possible communication between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government. He is able to issue subpoenas, hire staff members, request funding, and prosecute federal crimes in connection with the 2016 election.

I do believe that Mueller has the obligation to investigate President Trump, as no one is above the law. The infamous Watergate Scandal under President Nixon proves that much. Media today has repeatedly drawn the public’s attention to the parallels between Watergate and President Trump’s situation, but so far President Trump has not been convicted of any crime, and the investigations against his campaign have yet to prove there was any collusion between Russia and his campaign during the general election.

It is crucial that Mueller’s report is released to the public in its entirety when it is completed. While Mueller is responsible for presenting a factual report to Rosenstein and Congress, he should not withhold anything from the public. I am concerned that because Mueller and his team are all strong critics of President Trump, they might not give him or his administration a fair judgment. Having a critic of President Trump lead the investigation is beneficial, but if Mueller cannot put aside his views and write in a nonjudgmental way, he is incompetent and not qualified to be a special counsel. The public has the right to know all the details of the report since it deals with an official whom citizens elected. If there is evidence of criminal behavior by President Trump, I would think that Mueller and his team would wish to spread the news to the public. If there is no evidence, Mueller should still release his report to the public, as citizens deserve to know whether President Trump is innocent or guilty.

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