The American people are used to TMI, so the secrecy that keeps Robert Mueller's report from public view is extremely difficult to process, especially given the seriousness of questions
The importance of the topline assessment that Mueller did not establish collusion can not be overstated ̵
The special counsel punted on the issue of obstruction of justice, but we do not know exactly who he punted to – Congress, for example, or the public – only that the attorney general picked
What we do know
Even the quotes that have been released as part of Barr's summary leave a lot to the imagination. this main quote makes clear that Mueller did not establish that Trump or his aides conspired with Russia:
'' [T] The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign were conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities. '"
That brackets there suggest a lower-case" t "was capitalized to form a sentence, which suggests that there is a first part of the sentence. Does the first part of that sentence say what investigation did you establish? Does it say that Trump campaign officials have had contact with Russians and that they benefited from Russian actions? Does it say that the Russians took cues from Trump's public comments
It does not really matter since we know all of those things to be true. But it shows how easy it is to go down the rabbit hole of the questions when we have all the snippets of the truth
… " while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him. "
…" The evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian interference ".
Quotes from Mueller are not the only ones that raise tantalizing questions. Here are some of Barr's words about Mueller's report, the second part of which Barr says, "addresses a number of actions by the President, most of which have been the subject of public reporting that the Special Counsel has been investigated as potentially raising obstruction-of-justice concerns. "
Most is different than all.
Barr has said that he is currently scrubbing what Mueller has delivered to remove classified information or information that can not be released because of a grand jury investigation
Of course, Trump could, theoretically, just declare all classified information open to the public. Trump has said he would have no problem with the report, which he still has not seen, being made public.
"It's up to the general attorney, but it would not bother me at all," he said Monday.
Previous Reports were made public
FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's email that she was not going to be prosecuted and not James Comey's assessment that she was reckless with classified information?
What if Bill Clinton's general attorney had been able to issue a four-page memo instead of Ken Starr issuing his report
That's the question Monica Lewinsky used a four-letter word to eloquently muse about on Twitter this week. Her life would certainly have been different.
At least this much of Mueller's investigation has been displayed in full public view: five people sentenced to prison, one person convicted at trial , seven people pleaded guilty, 37 people and entities charged, 199 total criminal counts