Longmonters Demand Release of Full Mueller Report, Return to Democracy
A group of roughly 30 protesters took over the corner of Sixth Avenue and Main Street in Longmont on Thursday evening and demanded the U.S. Justice Department release the full report detailing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings from a nearly two-year investigation into whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign illegally conspired with the Russian government during the 2016 election.
As part of a nationwide call by activist groups such as MoveOn, Public Citizen, Indivisible and Common Cause, similar protests were held in 329 communities around the country, including in Boulder, Denver, Loveland, and outside of Sen. Cory Gardner’s Fort Collins field office.
Though Attorney General William Barr released a four-page summary of the nearly 400-page report stating there was not enough evidence of criminal conspiracy to prosecute President Trump, and that he will release a redacted version of the report later this month, those protesting in Longmont weren’t buying it — especially after the New York Times reported that some of Mueller’s investigators have said Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry, and the findings are more troubling for Trump than Barr indicated in his summary.
“The report is over 300 pages and to think that Barr condensed that whole report to just four pages in a couple of days is outrageous,” said Kathy Partridge, who organized the protest through her own activist group called Longmont Leads with Love. “The taxpayers deserve to see the report and have our representatives review it. It’s about regaining some sense of trust in our political process and making sure nothing like this could happen again.”
While the protests were specifically designed to put pressure on government officials to release the report, protesters in Longmont were riled up about far more than just a few hundred pieces of paper. They took time out of their schedules to express their anger at what they saw as an unprecedented level of corruption, attributable to both parties.
“This is an oligarchy, not a democracy, and it hasn’t been a democracy for awhile,” Sherri Erickson, 64, said. “Both parties are corrupt. I just wish the American people would come back together so that we could actually rid our government of corruption. I have a lot of hope for the next generation, but I’m worried for them. ”
Beyond releasing the Mueller report protesters called for Congress to pass a sweeping anti-corruption bill, reaffirm the Affordable Care Act and tighten campaign finance laws to outlaw corporate political contributions.
“At this point, I feel like I’m living in bizarro world,” James Hunter, 34, said. “I don’t know how it’s gotten to this point, but I can’t just sit around and be complacent anymore. It’s up to people like us to wake people up and let people know you’re not the only one in thinking things are crazy.”
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