Truth, accuracy, facts — those are watchwords for journalists. They’re the guideposts we strive for as we tell the stories we’re called upon to tell. That’s true whether local journalists are writing the Stories of Colquitt County in this publication or national journalists are writing the Stories of Washington, D.C. While we may never have the full truth this side of Judgment, we strive to tell as complete a story as we can of the world around us.
For that reason, we believe the full report from Robert Mueller should be made public. We believe the people of the United States have a right to know what he found.
That being said, do not expect any surprises or revelations.
Democrats hoped for two years that Mueller’s report on Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election would produce evidence that candidate Donald Trump and/or his staff worked with the foreign government to make him president.
Over the weekend, Attorney General William Barr released a summary that said Mueller’s investigation found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents. We believe Barr is accurate for a simple, practical reason: While the investigation has been remarkably free of leaks, that won’t last. If Barr inaccurately described the contents of the report, the public would soon know it. Then he’d be stuck explaining the lie on top of whatever he was trying to hide with it.
So, we urge Barr to release the full report to Congress — which is tantamount to releasing it to the public — so we can have the full story.
Then we need to move on with governing the country. Barr’s summary indicates Mueller did identify threats to our elections process from foreign powers, including a number of Russians who were indicted before his report was completed. We need to focus our attention on making the elections process more secure, and we need to set up a system that will make it harder for a future candidate to do what Trump was accused of doing.