Michigan Rep. Justin Amash last week became the first Republican member of Congress to announce that, in his view, the Mueller report proves President Donald Trump should be impeached.
None of Amash’s GOP colleagues have signed on to his assessment. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, for one, said Amash “has reached a different conclusion than I have. … I don’t think impeachment is the right way to go.”
But Romney, an occasional Trump critic, did add that “every individual has to make their own judgment.”
To do that, it helps to have read Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report about Russia’s election interference and President Trump’s response to the various investigations into it.
That is what the Mueller Book Club is trying to get Americans to do.
The book club, sponsored by a collection of activist groups, offers free PDF and audio downloads of the report. It is establishing reading groups around the country and offering online forums and guides. The organizers insist that reading the report from “cover to cover … is incredibly important” and point out, with alarm, that a recent poll found that 75 percent of Americans “have opted not to read the 448-page document, and just 3 percent report having read the entire thing.” You can sign up on the website to be part of a local reading group.
The book club at the moment is a work in progress, with parts of the website still featuring “placeholder text.” But various Mueller report readers — including Oregon’s senior U.S. senator, Ron Wyden — have gotten the ball rolling by using social media to highlight pertinent excerpts and their own analysis. In this form, the report almost reads like a John Grisham thriller. Check out some examples below:
— Douglas Perry
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