Is Senator Romney the Only Republican Lawmaker Who Read the Mueller Report?

Is Senator Romney the Only Republican Lawmaker Who Read the Mueller Report? April 19, 2019

Well, not every Republican lawmaker is so spineless that they’re willing to pretend that the recently released Mueller report “completely vindicates” Donald Trump.

Three cheers for Utah Senator Mitt Romney.

It’s not like this is Romney’s first time calling out the hay-haired mountebank. He rightly pointed out during the 2016 election that Trump was a “phony” and a “fraud.”

Of course, there was also a time when Romney reverted to his usual wishy-washy self, when it looked as he was a possible candidate for Trump’s Secretary of State, but I’m pretty sure there was never a chance of him getting that appointment. Trump just wanted old rivals to come and kiss the ring.

For today, however, Senator Romney deserves kudos. He’s one of the few Republican senators who bothered to read the Mueller report and condemn Donald Trump’s suspicious, obstruct-y behavior.

On Friday, the senator released a statement on the report.

“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter.

“I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine,” the statement said.

“Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders,” the statement said.

He’s not wrong.

In fact, the victory party from the MAGA right going on after the redacted report was released on Thursday is bizarre on a whole, new level.

What the report showed, as Romney alluded to, is that the Kremlin did, in fact, interfere in our nation’s election, they had a particular interest in Trump and his campaign, and that members of Trump’s campaign were willing to accept a hostile foreign government’s help.

The report also showed that a sitting U.S. president attempted to coerce underlings to carry out acts of obstruction of a lawful investigation into his activities.

Robert Mueller assessed and wrote in his report that Trump had a concern of being investigated by the FBI, because he was afraid if they dug too deep, they wouldn’t just uncover the corruption within his campaign, but also in his private business dealings.

Trump and his faithful are declaring that he has been completely exonerated, which is not what went on in that report, at all. Mueller further made it clear that he was leaving any conclusions to Congress. Unfortunately, William Barr, the newly appointed attorney general, pulled a fast one. He took it upon himself to intercept the report meant for the consideration of Congress, and declared his boss “cleared,” rather than let Congress do their job.

The maddening aspect of this whole disgraceful period in our nation’s history is that formerly reliable conservative voices are willing to overlook what should be a deeply troubling report of an inept, corrupt president, and couldn’t care less, as long as he claims to be Republican.

As for other GOP lawmakers, the majority have [predictably] chosen to pretend that the report began and ends with AG Barr’s initial 4-page summary. Few voices have shown the backbone to speak honestly about the report.

For now, with the knowledge that our nation is in the hands of a corrupt, shady individual, and surrounded by enablers, we can only pray more wake up and someone steps forward to end this farce.

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  • IllinoisPatriot

    Well said Susan. Thank you for being one of the truly conservative voices willing to stand against the increasingly discredited and disreputable Trump-conservative media and their lapdogs and enablers in government and especially within the GOP.

  • Annemarie

    There’s much to worry about with this presidency but one thing that I see is how people fall in with the administration because otherwise they will lose their jobs in government, in the media, or in business. Kudos to Susan for following her morals; that must have been a scary sacrifice to make. Kudos also to Mitt Romney. And may history not repeat itself if the Democrats regain power.

    Though Axios reported that Rick Perry plans to leave his job. If true, good for him.

  • Michael Weyer

    Just look at Erik Erickson. A standout of NeverTrump but now deciding “ah, I’m tired of not being invited to Republican places and he’s better than a Democrat” so now giving him a pass on his obvious illegal behavior and being a complete idiot.

  • Michael Weyer

    Once more, Rick Wilson nailed it in his beautiful “Everything Trump Touches Dies” book: Scores of Republicans and conservatives cheering on Trump and the GOP for saying and doing exactly the same things they’d scream murder about if it came from the left.

    And the reaction now of course is “Romney was never a real Republican” and such for daring to slam the Exalted One. I used to have a modicum of respect for Cruz but watching him turn into Trump’s lapdog has ruined that. Ditto for Pence and scores of others who have proven they’re willing to toss any ethics aside for power close to Trump.

    I may not always agree with Susan but at least she’s sticking to her guns on how, no matter how she feels about the left, it doesn’t justify the GOP backing a man so obviously unfit for President as their savior.

  • Michael Weyer

    I still remember in 2012 how Fox and other right-wing media were hailing Romney as a great man, the perfect Republican and would be a fantastic President. Within an hour of Ohio being called, they’re going on about how “he was just too weak and not a good candidate.”

    No shock it’s gotten even worse now thanks to how Trumpism has overtaken the right. Witness Huckabee openly saying “It makes me sick he could have been President.” Give it a week and we’ll have the claims of Romney on Soros’ payroll and more.

    I’m more rapidly convinced than ever that today’s right-wing media would be slamming Ronald Reagan as a raging leftist.

  • Ronald Langdon

    LOL this period in history will reveal that Trump saved America from the crazy left and the deranged democrats and all those that support them.. Mitt Romney is a coward hiding in the bushes waiting for an opportunity to throw a slur at this Administration. Just like
    susan Wright does!!! I am waiting and watching to see all of these crooks from DOJ,FBI,Obama,Clinton Page,MCcabe etc. get their proper justice for their subversion on Justice against a duly elected President LOL

  • Alpha 1

    “It is good news that there was insufficient evidence to charge the President of the United States with having conspired with a foreign adversary or with having obstructed justice,” Romney said. “The alternative would have taken us through a wrenching process with the potential for constitutional crisis. The business of government can move on.”

    Romney still isn’t going to take any action against President Crimes. He doesn’t actually care. He’s just pretending to be capital-C Concerned to trick people into thinking he’s somehow different from the rest of the Republicans. When it comes time to actually do something, he’s as subservient to Trump as the most die hard, Fox News addled MAGA chud. Romney pretending to be a principled conservative is as much of a grift as Trump pretending to be a competent businessman.

  • Ellen Elmore

    I agree about Erick Erickson. He became one of my favorites after he disinvited Trump to the RedState Gathering. Now Erick has decided that money and power are more important than standing by your moral convictions. This is a big win for Trump and a big loss for Erick.

  • Ellen Elmore

    Thanks Susan. It takes courage to consistently stand against Trump. I appreciate your willingness to remain a principled conservative voice even when the opposition (Ronald Langdon’s response below) discredits you and calls you names. Keep it up. For many of us you are a voice in the wilderness of Trumpbots.

  • Rick

    Thank you for pointing out the ‘missing link’ in Romney’s statement. Most sources fail to print that part, and it leaves the wrong impression. And you’re right. Romney’s playing to both sides. He essentially exonerates Trump, with ‘insufficient wrongdoing’ in those first two sentences, then says, ‘OK. I’ve proven I’m a proper Republican, but now I have to be a little mean and slap Donnie’s wrists’.

  • Rick

    I’m sorry Susan. While I agree with you (almost) 100% of the time, this time is different. You failed to print a very pertinent part of Romney’s statement. He lead with, “It is good news that there was insufficient evidence to charge the President of the United States with having conspired with a foreign adversary or with having obstructed justice. The alternative would have taken us through a wrenching process with the potential for constitutional crisis. The business of government can move on…”

    To lead with those two sentences, Romney clearly puts his partisanship in front of everything else. Only then does he pander to the other side by giving Trump a relatively minor spanking. IMO, this is US National Security we’re talking about. Sure, Romney condemns Trumps behavior. But he also exonerates him, and now, “The business of government can move on”. It’s clear he’s playing both sides of the field.

    You said in another recent article, ” so real discussion could have taken place.” Don’t ‘redact’ a portion of a statement, simply because it works against a narrative that you wish an article to have. Print it in full, so a real discussion can take place.

  • JASmius

    There’s a very uncomplicated, straightforward reason why TrumpWorld was “celebrating” the redacted Mueller report: there are (so far as we know) no formal criminal indictments of Trump in it. Not being criminally indicted, regardless of the hurdles of DOJ policy and Bill Barr and despite the minimum ten counts of obstruction of justice Mueller painstakingly lays out, is how low the bar for “total vindication” has been lowered.

    The reality is that were Trump not president, he’d be sharing a cell with Paul Manafort right now, and after he’s ousted next year, the only thing that’ll save him from being criminally indicted is his self pardons he’ll issue the week before the next Inauguration Day. All Senator Romney is doing is acknowledging that reality, and that that is seen as a “profile in courage” illustrates how low the bar for that designation has sunk as well.

  • JASmius

    One problem: People like you won’t be writing that history, as the “crazy left and the deranged Democrats” will be running this country for the next twenty years, thanks to Trump.

  • chemical

    The reality is that were Trump not president, he’d be sharing a cell with Paul Manafort right now…

    …or his lawyer, Michael Cohen.

    Mueller made it clear in his report that he doesn’t think he can charge the President with a crime only because the process by which the government formally accuses a citizen of a crime doesn’t really apply to Trump (or any president) — as in, you get indicted, trial by jury, etc. Mueller is a strict institutionalist and knows that it’s actually Congress’s job to impeach Trump. It was never Mueller’s goal to impeach Trump — his job was to gather evidence and preserve the facts for Congress to decide. The constitution covers this: It’s Congress’s job to bring up the impeachment process and the trial is supposed to take place in the Senate.

    I really like Bob Mueller, and I think he will go down in history as one of America’s greatest lawmen, but his mistake here is that he thinks Congress is a functional branch of government.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Today’s right-wing media have actually ‘wrapped around’ and are now way to the left of even blue-dog Democrats of a decade ago.

    Considering their support for Obamacare/Trumpcare and the efforts they going to to insure funding for nationalized healthcare, family leave, and PP, the support they are giving to gun control (initially banning bump stocks, but with section 8 housing and other restrictions on their radar), their support for an ‘alternative Green Deal’, and other big-government programs, the “right-wing” media seems to be approaching the socialist Democrats from the LEFT instead of chasing them from the right).

    Given the above policies of the so-called “right”, I’m having more and more difficulty telling the difference between Trump’s/McConnell’s proposals and those of AOC or Nancy Pelosi.

    Even their so-called “tax breaks” have not really helped the economy – nor have Trump’s tariffs that Congress refuses to take action against.