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Democratic Senator All for Transparency — Except on Russia Probe

Democratic Senator All for Transparency — Except on Russia Probe
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) speaks to the media after the weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill May 2, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 05:25 PM Current | Bio | Archive

At least one Democratic lawmaker is already getting edgy about the 2018 midterm elections. And he wants to keep special counsel Robert Mueller’s future reports hidden from the voters until after the voters go to the polls.

Mueller announced Friday that as the result of his team’s probe into possible Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election, the Department of Justice handed down indictments on 13 individuals and three firms.

But not only were none of them aimed at President Donald Trump’s campaign, they weren’t even directed at any Americans — they were all Russians.

The office of special counsel also reported that the meddling began in 2014 — a year before Trump announced his candidacy — and that it wasn’t designed to favor one political candidate or party over another. Its "strategic goal" was rather to sow discord.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that despite Russian interference in the process, it didn’t alter the election’s results one bit.

So much for collusion.

Fast on the heels of that news, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., appeared as radio host John Catsimatidis’ guest on New York’s AM 970 and cautioned Mueller against releasing any further findings — especially if they come too close to the November midterms.

"I don't think we'll know anywhere near the full story until [Mueller] issues his report," Casey said Sunday. "But once you get into the summer, and you get close to the election, I think it's a mistake for him to release it late. I think you should wait until after [the election]" he added.

Midterms are typically devastating for the party occupying the White House. Former President Barack Obama’s first midterm resulted a “shellacking” that flipped the House of Representatives to the GOP.

Similarly, many pundits believe that Trump’s first midterm will bring it under Democratic control and give Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal., the speaker’s gavel once again.

Obama blamed 2010’s “shellacking” on a sluggish economy, something that plagued him throughout his administration.

Trump doesn’t have that problem. The economy is booming: unemployment is down, consumer confidence and economic growth are up, and despite a few recent hiccups, the stock market continues to show record highs.

Also, the majority of taxpayers are ecstatic over the pay bump — one that Pelosi called “crumbs” — they received because of Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax overhaul.

And despite Democratic grousing, most American voters support Trump’s three conditions before granting a road to citizenship for immigrants who were brought here illegally by their parents. Those conditions are increased border security, ending the lottery immigration program, and severely limiting chain migration to members of the nuclear family.

That leaves only the old, tired “Russian collusion” charges the Democratic Party continues to hurl at Trump. And from the Justice Department’s announcement last Friday, that one shows no signs of sticking.

So if a follow-up Mueller report is going to be similar to Friday’s, Casey would rather that voters be kept in the dark about it.

That begs a few questions: what does he know that we don’t, and what’s he trying to hide?

Or, as political pundit and conservative radio host Carmine Sabia put it, "Democratic calls for transparency are like the tide — they come in and go out."

That observation fits Casey well.

In 2011, Casey called for “an open and transparent investigation” in the wake of a gas pipeline explosion in Millersville, Pennsylvania.

Three years later when Pennsylvania wanted to purge dead and duplicate voters from its registration rolls, Casey cautioned, “I urge you to carry out this process with the greatest possible level of transparency.”

And earlier this month Casey blasted the president on Twitter, asking his followers, “What happened to transparency?”

That’s a question that Casey should more appropriately direct at the man in the mirror — Casey himself.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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