Soon after news broke Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s confidential report on the Russia investigation was delivered to Attorney General William Barr, members of the Massachusetts lawmakers called for its contents to be made public.
The attorney general plans to review the report and write his own account conveying the special counsel’s findings to Congress and the public, reported the Associated Press. He plans to send such an account to Congress quickly, perhaps as soon as this weekend, according to AP.
In a tweet, US Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Cambridge Democrat who is running for president, called on Barr to “release the report to the American public. Now.”
Attorney General Barr?release the Mueller report to the American public. Now. https://t.co/sqz8eoTjLD— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) March 22, 2019
In a statement, US Senator Edward J. Markey said Barr “should make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress.”
“A summary of the report or Mr. Barr simply briefing Congress on its contents would be insufficient,” said the Malden Democrat. “We cannot have the Attorney General or the White House interfere in decisions about the findings of the investigation and what evidence is made public.”
The American public, said Markey, has a “right to the truth about what happened in the 2016 presidential election.”
“Nothing less than the sanctity of our democracy is at the heart of this investigation, and that requires complete transparency,” he said.
US Representative Jim McGovern, a Democrat from Worcester, had similar thoughts, tweeting out: “Make. The. Whole. Thing. Public.”
Make. The. Whole. Thing. Public.— Rep. Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) March 22, 2019
US Representative Lori Trahan, a Westford Democrat, concurred, saying in a tweet, “This report must be made public to the American People.”
This report must be made public to the American People. https://t.co/svC5AjttLz— Congresswoman Lori Trahan (@RepLoriTrahan) March 22, 2019
Another freshman member of Congress, US Representative Ayanna Pressley, said in a tweet, “The people have spoken. The House has spoken. As a representative democracy, we expect our government to listen.”
The Dorchester Democrat added, “We deserve the whole truth & nothing but the truth. #ReleaseTheReport #Mueller.”
The people have spoken. The House has spoken. As a representative democracy, we expect our government to listen. We deserve the whole truth & nothing but the truth. #ReleaseTheReport #Mueller https://t.co/ozLzyBu1Sv— Rep Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) March 22, 2019
In a tweet, US Representative Seth Moulton, a Salem Democrat who is openly mulling his own bid for the White House, said “Robert Mueller has done his job, now it’s time for Congress to do ours. That means making sure that every American gets to read every word.”
Robert Mueller has done his job, now it?s time for Congress to do ours.— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) March 22, 2019
That means investigating this report ourselves, and making sure that every American gets to read every word.
US Representative Katherine Clark also joined the Twitter chorus calling for federal authorities to #ReleaseTheReport.
“Now that Mueller has sent his report to the Attorney General, it must be made public,” said the Melrose Democrat in a tweet. “Americans have a right to the truth.”
Now that Mueller has sent his report to the Attorney General, it must be made public. Americans have a right to the truth. #ReleaseTheReport— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) March 22, 2019
US Representative William Keating, a Democrat from Bourne, said in a statement that the purpose of the Mueller probe was to probe “threats and attacks to our democracy.”
“The public should have full access to all the information in the Mueller report, absent any material that would compromise intelligence sources or methods,” he said. “Providing the public with a summarized or sanitized version would only compromise confidence in our democracy - the very thing this investigation is trying to protect.”
Springfield Democrat Richard Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was among six chairs of House committees to send a joint letter to Barr to tell him they expected he will make Mueller’s report public “without delay.”
“After nearly two years of investigation — accompanied by two years of direct attacks on the integrity of the investigation by the President — the public is entitled to know what the Special Counsel has found,” read part of the letter.
Another congressman, Newton Democrat Joe Kennedy III, tweeted, “A report that examines the depths of interference in our democracy shouldn’t be hidden from the public. Despite constant political pressure, the Special Counsel & his team have a grateful country standing behind them.”
A report that examines the depths of interference in our democracy shouldn?t be hidden from the public. Despite constant political pressure, the Special Counsel & his team have a grateful country standing behind them.— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) March 23, 2019
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, meanwhile, also supported immediately releasing the full report to the public.
“The American people deserve to know the truth about Russia’s interference in our elections,” she said in a tweet.
Now that Special Counsel Mueller's investigation is complete, the Department of Justice should immediately release his full report to the public. The American people deserve to know the truth about Russia's interference in our elections.— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) March 22, 2019
Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, also supports releasing the full Mueller report to the public, a spokesman confirmed to the Globe in a Friday e-mail.Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Previous Globe coverage was used in this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.