Americans Deserve Open Hearings In Congressional Russia Investigation

By on September 5, 2017

There remains a lot of lingering questions about the Russia investigation being overseen by Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. And where possible, the American people deserve to get some answers to as many of those questions as possible.

What was said during the meeting between Trump campaign officials and a lawyer with strong ties to the Kremlin? Did the Trump campaign directly seek out Russian agents to help them defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016? How much did then-candidate Donald Trump know about what was going on?

These are just a few questions that are on the minds of the American people. So it’s imperative that testimony made on Capitol Hill regarding this probe be made public, to at least answer a few of the questions we have on Trump’s involvement (and potential conflicts of interest) he has with the Russian government.

Openness isn’t always a possibility, of course. There are instances where some parts of testimonies must, for the sake of national security, remain secretive. Still, the need for openness from our government — especially with regard to the character of our president — has never been more necessary.

Special Counsel Mueller is pushing for public sessions and testimonies at Congress when key witnesses get questioned by House and Senate members. This is wholly to help Mueller’s own investigation — public testimony allows Mueller to have all of the facts laid out rather than risk the possibility that information obtained in a closed testimony be missed by his own investigation.

But it also helps shed some answers that are so desperately craved by the American people, who are perturbed by the revelations so far. More than three out of every five American believes that President Trump has attempted to obstruct the investigation, and 78 percent of Americans express serious, extreme, or moderate levels of concern about inappropriate ties to Russia by Trump and his surrogates.

One way or another, those concerns need to be either alleviated or confirmed. The American people need to know: does their president have their best interests at heart when he deals with foreign policy matters? Or is he influenced by his business interests or even “kompromat” that may be used as blackmail against him by foreign governments?