By Jon Keller


BOSTON (CBS) – There’s only one thing I’m sure of when it comes to the Mueller report: One way or another, we will get to see the substance of it.

It is inconceivable, given the importance of the issues probed by the special counsel and the political implications of its findings, that this document will stay private or be heavily censored.

It might take a legal battle to flush it out. But I suspect that won’t be necessary.

Robert Mueller. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

If the report is exculpatory for the president and his family, chances are he will personally tweet it out in PDF form.

If it incriminates them, and the White House tries to squelch it, it will be leaked.

I wouldn’t try to guess what Mueller has found. We don’t even know the full extent of the evidence he gathered.

But as we await the facts, consider some of the lessons of Watergate:

– Persuadable skeptics will need a smoking gun. Richard Nixon’s polling and political support were holding up until he lost his legal effort to suppress the Oval Office tapes and everyone could hear his voice orchestrating the cover-up. If, say, the raid on Michael Cohen’s office or the Trump tax returns produced incriminating evidence, that could take a potentially-fatal bite out of the president’s numbers. (Keep in mind that polling has consistently shown approval of Trump’s handling of the Russia affair lagging well behind his overall approval.)

– It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up. Failure to document direct collusion in the Mueller report won’t let the president off the hook, and the obstruction of justice aspect has seemed potentially more threatening since his ill-advised on-camera confession that he fired FBI Director James Comey over the Russia probe.

– Once the polls collapse, it’s game over. Nixon was never actually impeached. He resigned when his remaining political support vanished. Whether or not Mr. Trump would take the same route is one of the many lingering questions about this whole story that may be about to get answered.

Jon Keller

Comments (3)
  1. Jordan Lewis Ring says:

    TRUMP WILL NOT BE TOUCHED…AND WILL BE REELECTED YOU LEFT WINGERS A SICK BUNCH OF DEAD MEAT….UTTERLY BIZARRE….GO TALK TO YOUR PAL…88 THE DUKE….AS THE BOSTON TUNNELS REACH A POINT OF COLLAPSE…UNREAL….OF COURSE WE WILL SEE THE REPORT A BIG BIG FAT ZERO!

    1. I see Grampa Jordan is off his meds again.

  2. Theodore Oule says:

    Oh, Jon, it’s not going to take legal action…

    All it’s going to take is Adam Schiff or one of his staff doing the usual thing that the sleazy that roam the hall of the Capital always do…They selectively leak that which support their positions.

    You should be ashamed of yourself not to admit that which everyone else knows.

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