LIMA — Roughly 30 citizens rallied in Town Square in the early evening Thursday to voice their concerns about what they say is the need to release the full version of Robert Mueller’s report to Congress.
Since coming out on March 22, the results of Mueller’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign has yet to be seen by those outside of the Justice Department and the White House. Protesters argued for the full nearly 400-page report to be released to Congress and that hiding the report is evidence of potential wrongdoing.
Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary sent to Congress reported that Mueller’s investigation could not establish that the president committed any crimes, but it did not exonerate him when it comes to obstruction of justice.
“We feel very strongly we need to see the full report,” protester Barbra Gant said. “Barr’s report is not sufficient. We want to make sure that its known to the people.”
Gant and two other members of the Logan County Grassroots Democrats drove up to Lima to take part in the rally. She said the group often interacts with Jim Jordan’s staff about other partisan issues.
Maya Fischhoff, organizer for Allen and Hardin for Election Action and Democracy, or AHEAD, said she put the call out for the rally two days ago after hearing about the call for civic movement made by national organizations MoveOn, Public Citizen and People for the American Way. Lima’s rally was just one of more than 300 other protests that had been organized in major cities through the United States.
“Constitutionally, Congress must provide oversight of the White House,” AHEAD member Sue Metheney said. “For our national security, Congress needs to understand the role of Russia in the 2016 election.”
Local Attorney Stacey Hauff said while the group had come out Thursday to protest the need to release the Mueller report, she also pointed out the need for larger local civic action, such as public campaigning and talking to both state and national representatives about their concerns.
“It’s really important for people concerned for the Mueller report to not just let that energy fizzle out,” Hauff said.
While more than a few passing cars beeped in support of the protesters, others came out to hand out literature. A small group of individuals, some visibly perturbed with the rally, handed out paperbacks of the gospel of John to anyone in the square and encouraged them to “find Jesus” after a brief argument with protesters.
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