House embarrasses Trump with vote demanding Mueller report be made public
Trump got his first smackdown of the day on Thursday when an overwhelming majority of the House voted to demand the Department of Justice make special counsel Robert Mueller's ultimate report from his investigation public — a document that could embarrass Trump and a number of other members of his inner circle.
The resolution calling for the report to be made public passed by a vote of 420 to 0. Four Republicans voted present — a form of protest vote. They include Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who has gone to great lengths to try and shield Trump from scrutiny in the probe — including goading Trump to fire Mueller.
The resolution, "[expresses] the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress."
"The allegations at the center of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation strike at the core of our democracy, and there is an overwhelming public interest in releasing the Special Counsel’s report to ensure public confidence in both the process and the result of the investigation," the resolution states.
Trump, for his part, has called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt," despite the fact that a half dozen of his former aides and members of his inner circle have either been convicted, indicted or pleaded guilty to crimes as part of the probe.
And while Republicans have tried to cover for Trump in the investigation, even they voted to make Mueller's final report public.
This might not be Trump's only embarrassment of the day.
Not a great day to be Trump.
Published with permission of The American Independent. Attribution: Emily Singer.