US House Democrats Read Mueller Report Aloud in Capitol Hearing Room

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Last updated 5/16/2019 at 12:59 p.m. ET.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday began a marathon reading of the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The reading began at noon EDT and was expected to take 12 to 14 hours. For those who could not make it to the Capitol hearing room to listen, it was being broadcast on C-SPAN and lawmakers plan to release a podcast version.Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, one of the top Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, started the reading and nearly two dozen of her colleagues were to take part.

“There [are] a lot of average people who have not seen the Mueller report,” Representative Sylvia Garcia, another Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said ahead of Scanlon kicking off the reading.

“So this is an attempt to make sure that person who is curious, who doesn’t have the full time to dive through all this, to be able to listen to it and to understand what this is really all about.”

Mueller’s report, which contained redactions, described numerous links between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and various Russians but did not find sufficient evidence to establish here was a criminal conspiracy with Moscow.

The report also described numerous attempts by Trump to impede Mueller’s probe, but stopped short of declaring that the president committed a crime.

Democrats, who control the House, are sparring with the White House over numerous probes into Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia, the president’s business dealings and administration policies.

Democrats have requested a full, unredacted version of Muller’s report, six years of Trump’s individual and business tax returns and background on decisions made by the administration on security clearances and the separation of migrant families along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The deadline for the administration to respond to a subpoena for the unredacted report passed without being met. Trump has sued to block a congressional subpoena for financial records from his accounting firm. The White House has directed key staff not to cooperate with various House probes.

Democrats are now considering contempt resolutions against top administration officials, with votes expected as early as June.

(Reporting by Amanda Becker; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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rcranger
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rcranger

Nothing but theatrics. Of course, Democrats need all their information spoon fed to them. Never mind that anyone with a computer and half a brain can access the full document online.

Jason Alsbrook
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The Democrats have devolved into a circus sideshow, and only the simplest of simpletons still believe anything they say. Their outlandish behavior will NOT stop what’s coming for them, however…

Brad
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More of a Dossier than a Report! What an immature thing to do!!!

Harry
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Have to have someone read it aloud since a huge majority of Dems are illiterate!

TOM
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” “We have a Constitutional duty to share that truth with the American people,” Scanlon . . .” .

Here is a clue Mary Gay Scanlon (have never even heard your name before), the American People have had weeks to have read the Mueller Report for themselves if they so desired. It has been made available on the internet for free download since it was released. I have my copy.

James
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This reading will undoubtedly take several days as they argue over the placement of periods, commas, capital letters and their colons.

My question would be: IF the Dimwits on the House Judiciary Committee are just NOW getting around to reading the 2% REDACTED report, WHY all the ongoing infantile temper tantrums (childish hissy fits) over having a completely UNREDACTED report?

Michael Meroney
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May as well be Green Eggs and Ham.These morons are real life Bevus n Butthead characters.

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