Mueller Report: Better revealed or unrevealed?
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Full Mueller Report can get rid of all suspicion

By Isaac Choi

It’s still not over.

After two persistent years of bickering, the public has the right to see the unredacted Mueller Report. Regarding President Donald Trump’s innocence, the public should have access to the report because it holds the most accurate information.

The public should not be so quick to accept Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report because it freed Trump from all possible charges against him. Since Trump is the one who appointed him, we cannot completely trust Barr because he made us feel skeptical about the summary.

Trump personally attacked Mueller: “You put the wrong people in position, then they try to take you out,” he said during the Conservative Political Action Conference speech. Why would Trump attack Mueller if Trump did not collude with Russia and is completely clean?

Since the public is still suspicious of Trump, publicly releasing the Mueller Report will not only help resolve the uncertainty of the nation, but can also prove Trump’s innocence. Without the report being shared, citizens will continue to be unaware of the full details.

Although we are unaware, Trump was ecstatic when the summary came out. He said that these shenanigans were schemes and an “attempted coup” against him.

Trump was a bit overzealous because of his actions and accusations toward Mueller, which makes his stance on being innocent or guilty more questionable. With the Mueller Report being present, we can now see if Trump has had any sort of allegations with Russia.

If this argument is concluded, we can move on to a bigger issue, whether we are going to impeach Trump or not.

Democrats: Stop undermining our democracy in pushing for unredacted Mueller Report

By Alex Park

It’s finally over …

The two years of a very controversial investigation in which President Donald Trump lashed vicious attacks against former special counsel Robert Mueller.

And Democrats used it to fuel their attempts to discredit — if not find a reason to impeach — the Trump administration.

With every new discovery, indictment and seizure search, the Mueller investigation was covered all over the media and split the already divided nation even further.

Attorney general William Barr read the final Mueller report and released his four-page summary of it on March 24 to the American people, stating that the investigation proved no collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

However, the Democrats annoyingly choose to persistently cling to the Trump-Russia collusion claim and ask for the full Mueller report — unredacted — to be made public, saying that Barr’s summary of it lacks credibility. (As of April 18, the report has since been released to the public with some parts redacted.)

“A summary written by attorney general Barr in place of the Mueller report will not be acceptable,” California Sen. Dianne Feinstein was quoted as saying in a Feb. 22 news release from her website. “This isn’t limited to a question of whether crimes have been committed. Congress must also determine if there was misconduct or abuse of power.”

I personally believe it is reasonable for Democrats to question whether the Trump administration is abusing its power against the Mueller team because I, as a conservative, also find it suspicious why Trump has been attacking Mueller through Twitter.

However, the part I found disagreeable and shocking was how they attacked Barr’s summary because this is not criticizing Trump and the administration’s actions. The Democrats’ attacks are actually undermining our democracy.

One of the biggest successes of our democracy is that the members of the cabinet in the White House do not work and create important decisions under the strong influence of the president. They discuss, persuade and inform the president with their opinions and the information the leader of the free world needs to make the best decision for the country.

Most importantly, it is the precedent for appointed Cabinet members to resign if the president decides to do something that goes against their belief, which still exists to this day.

In other words, they do not allow themselves to be pressured by the president’s beliefs and let themselves go with what they believe is right to stay in power. If it does go against them, they simply resign and leave the White House because they do not fit with the president’s agenda and help him or her carry it through.

The best example was the resignation of former secretary of defense James Mattis and former chief economic adviser Gary Cohn. Mattis resigned because he opposed Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops in Syria, and Cohn did the same when the Trump decided to implement steel tariffs, which he strongly advised against.

Barr is no different from all other members of the Trump cabinet. As a veteran in the Department of Justice and a second-time attorney general, he is a man fully capable of being objective in the Mueller investigation and will not fall under the influence of Trump if there is information in the report that may go against him.

Although many who have Democratic or independent party ties despise Trump, I am pretty sure they have pride in our nation and believe we have a great democracy. We have a great checks and balance system (even within this White House administration) that prevents the president from obstructing justice and ruining our country.

So even if you do not trust Trump, trust our democracy. We have a great system that will hold Trump accountable if he actually colluded with Russia. The Mueller Report is out today and the New York Times, which is the newspaper that is most critical against Trump, admits the Report states there is insufficient evidence to confirm the collusion.

This confirms the credibility of Barr’s summary and also reinforces the strength of our democracy that appointed members of the White House cabinet do not fall under the influence of the president.

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