Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer is nervous that President Trump might get a “sneak peek” of the Mueller report before it is made public.
President Trump, his lawyers, & his staff must not be allowed any ‘sneak peek’ of Special Counsel Mueller's findings or evidence.
The White House must not be allowed to interfere in deciding what parts of those findings or evidence are made public.#ReleaseTheReport
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 24, 2019
This is directly contrary to what renowned Constitutional attorney (and liberal) Alan Dershowitz says would be fair.
In an op-ed for Fox, he says the Mueller report is a one-sided, prosecutorial-style document to which the president should have an opportunity to write a response.
The fairest would be to immediately turn the report over to President Trump’s legal team and give them a week to write a response. Barr could then issue both reports simultaneously so that the American public could judge the comparative merits of both sides of this adversarial process.
Prosecutorial reports – and Special Counsel Mueller is a prosecutor – are, by their very nature, one-sided. Prosecutors only listen to inculpatory evidence rather than including exculpatory evidence. They interview witnesses against the subject, but not witnesses in favor of the subject. That is why the Trump legal defense team needs to provide its assessment of the Mueller investigation.
Dershowitz also implores Americans to hear both sides of the legal story before forming a conclusion:
So hold your breath and stay tuned, America. And please, don’t rush to judgment until you have not only read this report but any response the Trump legal team may offer.
Schumer seems a bit uptight about this whole thing.
— Ellie Brown ??? (@Real_EllieBrown) March 24, 2019
Why shouldn’t the White House counsel be given a preview? It’s an executive branch product. https://t.co/ZXdr9go3qF
— Dave (@DaveA_33) March 24, 2019
C’mon, Sen. Schumer, the American people deserve to hear both sides of the story, right?
WASSAMATTA Chuckles?! Chuck Schumer’s reaction to Mueller report is the BEST THING EVER (watch) https://t.co/o8Lat24tHd
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 22, 2019