Protesters demand the rapid publication of the Mueller report »Albuquerque Journal

The protesters gathered in the Civic Plaza Thursday evening, carrying signs, chanting and demanding that the full, complete and unedited Mueller report be made available to the public and Congress. (Rick Nathanson / Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Carrying signs that read, “Publish the report,” “What is RU afraid of?” and Orange Lies Matter, about 200 protesters gathered in the Civic Plaza Thursday evening to demand the immediate publication of the full report by Special Adviser Robert Mueller.

The protesters had marched from the Simms building on 4th Street and Gold, where several members of the New Mexico congressional delegation have their offices. Representatives of these offices were among the demonstrators.

Rayellen Smith, president of Indivisible Nob Hill, a progressive activist group and chief organizer of the protest, said the Albuquerque event was part of a national day of action during which marches and protests in communities across the country called for the release of the Mueller report.

Mueller’s investigation, which lasted nearly two years, was only recently completed. The main focus is believed to have focused on alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian activists, as well as allegations that President Trump and / or people working on behalf of the President tried to obstruct the Special Envoy’s investigation. Mueller presented his nearly 400-page report to Attorney General William Barr, who published a four-page executive summary.

Heather Ferguson, executive director of Common Cause, New Mexico, said the organization was founded during former President Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal. “This is just a continuation of the story,” she said. “Our job is to hold power accountable and without the full transparency of the Mueller report there will be no accountability.”

As the crowd sang, “Lock him up, lock him up,” Ferguson said, despite AG Barr announcing that he will publish the report – edited to protect national security – there is suspicion that “it will also be edited, to protect third parties. ” , ”Including the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Barr said the document contained grand jury sensitive material.

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Greg Bloom, head of Senator Tom Udall’s New Mexico Office, read a statement from the Senator: “We need not rely on the Attorney General’s characterization of the report. We need to read the report ourselves, review the evidence for ourselves, and come to our own conclusions. “

Udall also said the American people need to know whether the president’s business interests conflict with the interests of the American peoples. The American people “need full disclosure of the president’s tax returns and financial affairs and the full alienation of all potential financial conflicts by the president.”

Brenda McKenna, a sales representative for Congressman Deb Haaland, shared some of Haaland’s recent social media posts, including one putting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on trial for a resolution to publish the full Mueller- Block Report.

“We know who McConnell works for,” said Haaland. “The American people deserve to know the truth.” The full report and all of its findings should be released “to ensure the government remains accountable to the people,” she said.

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Approximately 200 people gather in the Civic Plaza Thursday evening demanding the immediate release of the full Mueller report. Similar protests took place in communities across the country on Thursday. (Rick Nathanson / Albuquerque Journal)

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