The Mueller Report: Investigating Trump and Holding Him Accountable

UPDATE: Attorney General Barr sent Congress a redacted version of the Mueller report on April 18, which did not exonerate Trump. We demand to see the full report and urge Congress to continue investigating Trump beyond the scope of the Mueller investigation.​

Reviewing the red lines

In the last two years, we’ve mobilized twice in response to Trump crossing red lines related to the Mueller investigation. The first time was in November 2018 after he fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions; the second was in April 2019 when Attorney General Bill Barr released a sham “summary” of the investigation’s findings in an effort to protect Trump from accountability.

So now that the investigation is over, what’s next?

The new Congress on offense

We’re in a totally different reality now than we were when we originally set the red lines in 2017. Now, after the Blue Wave, we have a Democratic-controlled House with powerful committees that can use subpoenas, oversight and investigatory powers to expose Trump and hold him accountable.

Congress can take information that Mueller uncovered and open investigations to get to the truth and to hold Trump accountable. We talk more about congressional investigatory powers in our new guide Indivisible on Offense. Particularly if you have a Member of Congress on a relevant committee (such as Judiciary or Intelligence), you can ask them to launch or support such investigations into Trump’s corruption and crimes. Note: both House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees have already launched wide-ranging investigations into Trump, his business ties, corruption and more. These are exactly the types of actions that constituents can and should support.

Additionally, the House voted 420-0 (that's right, 0 "no" votes) on March 14 to support making the Mueller report available to both the public and Congress once it is ready. House Democrats can and should seize this momentum to use the full scope of their oversight powers to uncover the full Mueller report, as Attorney General Barr continues to cover it up.

The Mueller investigation

The Mueller investigation yielded a string of high-profile indictments and plea deals. General Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor to Trump, reached a plea deal with the Special Counsel after admitting to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort also pleaded guilty to several charges, including conspiracy against the United States. (Let that sink in: the person who managed Trump’s presidential campaign has now been sentenced to prison for conspiracy against the United States.) Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws at Trump’s direction. Manafort’s associate Rick Gates pleaded guilty on two counts, and Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia. Special Counsel Mueller also indicted thirteen Russians on allegations of interfering in the U.S. elections.

On April 18, Attorney General Barr released a redacted version of Mueller’s findings to Congress and the public. Despite Barr’s previous statements that the investigation found “noncorrupt motives” for Trump’s interference in the probe, the report itself presented a darker picture. Mueller and his team investigated numerous “episodes” when Trump’s actions may have constituted obstruction of justice. Based on the available evidence, Mueller’s report stated that his team was unable to clear Trump of obstruction (though of course Barr had no trouble doing so after having the 400-plus page report for less than a full weekend).

It’s clear that Mueller built a strong case against many of Trump’s associates, and that even now that his investigation has concluded there are more leads for congressional investigators to pursue. This is why it’s so important for the new Democratic House to use the powers that they have, too.

What can you do now?

While it’s important to focus and continue to resist the Trump agenda simultaneously, we can also work now to urge Congress to use oversight powers to investigate Trump and hold him accountable.

Congress must act to ensure transparency and accountability. Members of Congress (especially those who sit on relevant committees like Judiciary or Intelligence) should continue using their subpoena power to uncover the full Mueller report, as well as pursuing investigations related to Trump’s corruption and his connections to criminal activities, both during and before his time in office.

There is no longer “nothing we can do” about Trump’s antics. The Democrats have taken over the House of Representatives, and there’s no need for them to limit themselves to the same narrow scope as the Mueller investigation. We will demand that they prioritize using their new powers to hold Trump accountable.

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