House Democrats Read the Mueller Report Clearing Trump on Collusion

May 28, 2019

For 12 hours starting on May 16, House Democrats took turns reading Robert Mueller's final report on the Russia investigation.

What this accomplished is unclear, but the Washington Free Beacon excerpted the portions where lawmakers begrudgingly read that the investigation did not establish Donald Trump's campaign conspired with the Russians in their election interference operations.

In a Capitol hearing room, Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas), Mary Gay Scanlon (D., Penn.) and others got to tell the world things like, "The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," and "the investigation did not find evidence that the Trump campaign recovered any such Clinton emails or that these contacts were part of a coordinated effort between Russia and the Trump campaign."

The New York Times summarized the entire affair succinctly:

His absence has left a disappointed House majority with little option but to stage political theatrics like Thursday’s 12-hour reading of the entire redacted Mueller report in a hideaway Capitol committee room before a few reporters, a guest appearance by the liberal activist actor John Cusack and the unblinking eye of a C-Span camera.