So just over a week after proclaiming himself "totally exonerated" by the Mueller report based on a 4 page summary of an almost 500 page document Donald Trump is now saying that there is no need to provide the full report to Congress. He bases his objection on a supposition that it wouldn't be enough to get the Democrats off his back, that they will never be satisfied by anything they see that exonerates him. That is an interesting theory. There is a way to prove he is correct. Release the unredacted report to Congress. Let everyone know that it has been released to them. Then wait for their reaction. OK Mr. Trump - go ahead and release it - I dare you.

For those of you who might not care about all of this (and I can understand why someone would not) consider this. If the special prosecutor had indicted Trump for anything the release of the full report would be necessary for the impeachment proceedings to proceed. The Special Prosecutor choose not to indict, but that could be for any of at least three reasons. 1) Trump and his campaign did not "collude" with the Russians. 2) There is evidence that Trump and his campaign did collude with the Russians but it cannot be proven or 3) There is evidence that Trump and his campaign colluded with the Russians but the Special Prosecutor is following the interpretation that a sitting President cannot be indicted. If it is 1), Trump ought to be insisting the report be released. That he is now telling us that we don't need to see it suggests he knows there are things in it that don't look good. Trump is smart enough to know how this looks. What he thinks he is gaining by denying access to the report is anybody's guess. As long as this cloud hangs over him and the country the worse it gets for everyone, even Trump.