Have They Read the Report?

It is a fair question. Have any of North Dakota’s federal delegation read the Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller report? Today during his first public comments since undertaking the investigation, Robert Mueller challenged people to read the report. A case could be made it is the duty of every member in Congress do the bare minimum and read the full redacted report. Have Hoeven, Cramer, and Armstrong – who serves on the House Judiciary Committee that oversees the Department of Justice – even bothered?

“The work speaks for itself.” Robert Mueller declared referencing his report. He stated, “Charging the President with a crime was not an option we could consider.” Mueller went on, “If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” If asked to testify before Congress, which is still an option on the table, Mueller said he wouldn’t stray from what was already in the report. Shorter: EVERYONE IN CONGRESS SHOULD READ THE REPORT.


Earlier this month, former U.S. Attorney in North Dakota Tim Purdon explained why he joined a letter with over seven hundred former federal prosecutors claiming the conduct of President Trump would, “result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice.” Purdon broke the news on my KFGO radio show, “Afternoons Live.” The former prosecutors-both Republicans and Democrats – laid out that the reason charges were not brought to Donald Trump. It rests on a policy by the Office of Legal Counsel against “indicting a sitting President.” Today, it sounded like Mueller confirmed their reasoning saying it rests with Congress.


Nothing indicates North Dakota’s federally elected delegation has read the report. No declarations. Just talking points. They can come to their own conclusions but only after reading the report. Is it too much to expect of elected leaders to do the basics of their job and read reports submitted to them?

Tyler Axness