Here is the most shocking revelation you have heard today. Nobody really cares about the Attorney General William Barr’s summary of Robert Mueller’s Report. Check this polling data out from Public Policy Polling:
PPP’s newest national poll finds that Bill Barr’s letter summarizing the findings of the Mueller investigation hasn’t done much to help Donald Trump with public opinion…and that voters are a lot more interested in health care and the Republican tax plan than the Russia investigation anyway.
-49% of voters think that Trump has committed obstruction of justice, to 40% who say they don’t think so. When PPP previously asked that question in June of 2017 49% said they believed Trump had committed obstruction of justice, to 41% who didn’t think so.
-44% of voters think that members of Trump’s campaign team worked in association with Russia to help Trump win the election for President to 43% who don’t think so. When PPP asked the same question in January, 45% thought there was collusion, to 43% who thought there wasn’t.
Of course, are you surprised? His letter said that there is no collusion, citing Robert Mueller’s report. Specifically, he wrote, “As the report states: ‘[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.’” His letter also said that obstruction of justice remains unproven. With Barr quoting Mueller again, “The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”
Why would we expect polling numbers to move? The same amount of people who supported President Trump prior and believed in his innocence still do. Based on Barr’s conclusion, there is really nothing to contradict those beliefs. There is really no reason to expect that number to change from the Right.
From the other side, you knew that this letter from Barr would not be satisfactory. From Public Policy Polling again, “68% of voters think Robert Mueller’s full report should be released publicly, to only 19% who don’t think it should be. Interestingly while Clinton voters want the report released 88-7, Trump voters only want it released by a 46-37 spread, suggesting some trepidation among his partisans about what story the full picture might tell.” They didn’t like the first outcome, so they want something else to keep their hope alive that the report might actually show something that was not disclosed in the summary.
Clearly, people on the Left were not satisfied by Barr’s summary, but no one really expected them to be. As Democratic strategist Jesse Ferguson said, “This is end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end. What the report does is it forces into the light of day the next set of investigations into the Trump administration. The American people want to see what this investigation finds, and what the other investigations into corruption and criminality find, before deciding what should be done.”
For the Left, this summary could have said anything, and as long as it called for anything less than the immediate and unequivocal impeachment of President Trump, you knew they would not be satisfied with Barr’s work in any way, shape, or form.
For a long time now, we have been hearing that the Mueller Report would be the ultimate nail in the coffin, and if Barr’s summary is accurate, it does not appear to bring forward any impeachable offense against the President of the United States.
Again, assuming Barr’s did not blatantly misstate the findings of this report in his summary which would be a really dumb thing to do knowing that the report would be released eventually, the Left will not be satisfied by the entire report any more than they are by the summary. You think I am wrong? Check out this article from McKay Coppins at The Atlantic about the current state of the Trump Resistance. There is simply a refusal to accept that Barr may have done his job well and there may not be the collusion or obstruction that they desperately want.
The response to the full report is going to be the same as it was to the summary if it doesn’t put forward the results they want which it will not if Barr did his job right and put forward an accurate summary.
So, no one really cares about Barr’s summary. Frankly, I don’t know that anyone really cares about the Mueller Report either anymore based on what Barr has disclosed, assuming he was responsible and summarized well. Contrary to what we have been told for a very long time then, the full report will probably not change anything, including the polling results. But again, why did we ever think that it would?