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Letter to the Editor: On the Release the Report rally

Area residents rally Thursday, April 4, asking to have the full Mueller report released. The group was one of 325 rallies nation-wide sponsored by

At least 18 hardy people came to the windy's #Release the Report Rally on Thursday, April 4. Community members met in front of the Farmington Post Office at 5 p.m. for one-half hour with signs calling for the release of the full Mueller report.

A “Honk = #Release Report” sign got a positive response from drivers going by.

The rally was one of 325 rallies nation-wide calling for the release of the report. The release becomes even more important as stories in The New York Times and The Washington Post report that members of Robert Mueller's investigation team are starting to come forward to counter Attorney General William Barr's summary of their nearly two-year investigation.

Members of Mueller's team have said that the evidence they gathered on obstruction was "alarming and significant."

And a member of Mueller's team said that the team had themselves created summary information, explaining that "the front matter from each section could have been released immediately—or very quickly."

Some of the Thursday attendees will continue to have Release the Report signs at the weekly Friday vigil at noon in front of the Farmington Post Office.

Eileen Liddy

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  1. The AG doenst have to release any of it, its the law. Or does the law only apply to trump, clinton foundation. uranium one? lost or destroyed emails?

  2. Waste of time and space! As much as possible will be released. This group is just continuing to fan the flames of conspiracy.

  3. Classified information has to be redacted first. When it finally is released, the democrats won't believe the report because there is no collusion. The Republicans won the election fair and square so get over it.

  4. The New York Times and Washington Post, probably the two most left leaning newspapers in the country. In the almost two and a half years of the Trump administration, neither one has ever said anything good about it. And Mueller's team has gag orders until the DOJ makes its decision, so they are not talking. Mueller himself declined a request by Burr to review the summary of the report Burr released last week. Mueller even went so far to say that he recommended no further indictments based on his report. And congress is powerless on the matter, they can complain all they want, but they can't force the DOJ to release the report, they can't subpoena Mueller and ask him what they want, Mueller doesn't answer congress, he answers to the DOJ, the DOJ answers to the Whitehouse. If Trump says the report will be released to the public on December 25th 3105, then so be it, there is nothing anybody can do about it.

  5. So, let me get this right....first they wanted to protect Mueller with the Congress and legislation....because he was GOD. Not we they want the report released with NO regard for the laws that are in place and need to be followed. Now Barr is being questioned... And Mueller Is on vacation.... The Dems are not happy with anything and eventually we will find out they it was the Demsmthat were the ones the Trump campaign...not the Russians. Be mindful of were you point your may end up pointing back at you. The Democratic party. You need to get your act together Dems and start doing something to fix the border and immagration. Trade wars...need I go on....

  6. Sad that otherwise rational people fall victim to this sort of propaganda. The whole investigation was based on a lie. The leftists and the media kept fanning the flames to sow discontent amongst the masses. These people are demanding that the AG break the law. Come on people use your heads.

  7. In the end the truth will come out. Wait for it.

  8. I like the sign in the photo that reads “No one is above the law!” I wonder if that fellow will return with it after the investigation into the pedigree of the phony dossier and the slew of abuse of laws and procedures used to justify a phony investigation of a political opponent.

    I’m guessing no.

  9. Hope they had a few people keeping the squirrels away from them.... They hungry this time of the year...

  10. Take notice of the people that are doing this and if they ever want a place in public office be sure NOT TO VOTE for them. The derangement is getting out of hand and the talking heads on t.v. know exactly what they are doing by trying to divide our country. “UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL” sound familiar? They want this country to fall we have been on this road for many many years. Also remember what Bush said about the new world order. It’s not republican vs. democrat. It’s Americans vs. big government(elites)

  11. The POTUS draws suspicion to himself with his own behavior. All through the investigation, a day did not go by without him making some kind of derogatory comment about the report or even badmouthing Mueller. And, this continues to the present day. Then there are the tax returns. If he has nothing to hide, then why not just release every other president has done (even those who were under audit at the time.) In my life experience this is the behavior of someone who has something they don't want found out and they are trying to create an atmosphere of doubt and confusion. This all raises questions about him and makes people suspicious. The Mueller report unearthed 37 people most, if not all, were associated in some way with the Trump campaign, Trump, or members of his family. Again, raises more questions. And now we have the final report......can't release it to the public or even Congress. Again, raises more questions. This is the POTUS we are talking about. Don't we want to make sure everything is on the up and up? Let's clear the air once and for all....release the report!

  12. Awww, "if they ever want a place in public office" is a good point to make. Another way to surely ruin one's political chances is to sit on boards that spend public money and make unwise decisions.and be related to one doing the same. Last fall's election is an example...state legislature.

  13. @Lindy
    It is against the law to release to anyone the internal deliberations of a grand jury. If you don’t like that law, call your favorite Congress-critter and demand he introduce a bill to amend that law. What you don’t do is whine and pout and stamp your foot to force the USAG to break a law which, as we all know, was created by Congress, just because you don’t like POTUS.

  14. Don't those people have better things to do with their time? I can see that Trump Derangement Syndrome remains strong in Franklin County. Who are they trying to impress? They aren't going to change anything? To me, they look stupid standing their with their signs. I'm all about free speech but this is just ridiculous. Fight for something that makes sense: immigration reform, this country's tax burden, etc. etc. etc.

  15. so Lindy, you want the up and up. 'Cause we are talking about the upper echelon of this country. Like Hillary, Clapper, Comey, McCabe, Rosenstein, and all the other people that ILLEGALLY spied on a Presidential election. You need to broaden your TV viewing so you actually get the facts. Actually all you need to do is fact check. The illegal and phones dossier, the lies and deception from Comey, Brennan the CIA.. All the way up to Obama, after all you want to talk about POTUS right?....p.s. The guy that wrote the dossier said it was not true..just phony oh yea Hillary paid for that.. Fact check that.

  16. It's a rigged.partisan,phony,witch hunt,hoax! Yeah.......that's it. Nothing to see here! How could anyone not believe a person who has been called "Don The Con" since the early 70's.

  17. @lindy, if you were accused of treason and knew you were innocent. Then all the news outlets piled on day after day about how guilty you were. You would just stay silent? I credit the president for putting up with it. He really didn't need the job if you hadn't noticed. A lesser man would have given in to avoid the hysteria that we all know as Trump derangement syndrome. Find a pill for it and let the president continue making America great again. ;)

  18. I would never argue against another citizen’s right to gather and protest, HOWEVER, this group and many others are the ones that started this campfire and will very soon find themselves sitting on the wrong side of it when a really strong wind blows in.

  19. Just wait and watch the dems scramble. This is awesome

  20. Snippit….Listen to the POTUS himself...his own spoken words on camera.....without someone interpreting it for you. How about how he sided with Putin against our own Intelligence...his own words on camera. He has said so many things that are questionable even on camera....we are at the point where no one knows what to believe. He himself kept this Mueller report in the news day after day for all these months with his continuous negative comments about it. He couldn't just let it go and let them do their job like you would expect if he wasn't worried about what would be found. His behavior indicates he was worried. So, what was he so worried about all this time? At the very least Congress should see the full report.

  21. I guess some people just don't have much to do. Time to move on.
    Even if they released every word of the report Trump haters wouldn't believe it .
    I'm looking forward to what Barr might dig up that lead to this whole debacle .

  22. Thankful for these patriotic people who care about their country and are willing to endure the derision and scorn of those who don't -- or who just don't CARE enough about their country to follow what's going on enough to know why this president's behavior is so alarming. Trump is so eager for people to believe that he's a poor little innocent victim. I dunno, if I were investigated for two years for something I didn't do and then there was a report exonerating me, I'd be shouting it from the rooftops and publishing it everywhere. Wouldn't you? Why isn't he doing that? Wake up, people! There's something serious in that report, and he'll do anything he can to make sure you can't see any of it. We need the summaries that Mueller and his team prepared (I get the security concerns around intelligence info in it). I'm so sick and tired of the filthy rich being able to write their own rules and never be held accountable. He did something serious, or else he'd be broadcasting this. But no one in his entire life of privilege has ever held him accountable. He can't handle the pressure. Look for him to get crazier and crazier.

  23. A few of the folks commenting here have been much more informed and eloquent than I can be--I just wanted to say that I'm so proud of all the Mainers who stood up for the rule of law and the Constitution. No one is suggesting that classified documents or grand jury proceedings should be released to the general public. But there are Reps on the Judiciary Committee and the Foreign Intelligence Committee who have high enough clearance to see every single word. Everyone has been willing to give Barr the benefit of the doubt--overlook his time with George HW and Iran Contra. Not anymore--he's taking too long to turn the report over--it smacks of politics and trying to change the narrative and frankly bend the rule of law. All of you folks who are supporting Trump, he's is getting away with things that never in a million years would you be able to even think about.He talks a good game but he's never been a little guy and he despises us because he sees us as losers. Which is why I love all the people who went out in the cold and stood up for the rule of law. We don't have his money or his lawyers or his enforcers or leg-breakers. All we have is the country we believe in and the one that we want to keep.

  24. Lindy, Let's see your tax returns, show us all how much money you make. Congress doesn't have the security clearance to see the full unredacted report. Putin said neither he nor Russia had anything to do with the 2016 election, Trump said neither he nor Russia had anything to do with the 2016 elections, DAG Rod Rosenstein said Russia had nothing to do with the 2016 election, Mueller said in his report in the summary Burr released said Russia had nothing to do with the election, none of the indicted Trump campaign people were convicted of colluding with Russia. There is no collusion. Just because CNN and other leftist media outlets haven't shut up about Russia for the past 2 years, that is not proof of collusion. Trump's lawyer Cohen, he lied to Mueller, he lied to the FBI and he lied to congress, anything he says is now suspect and loses all credibility. The dossier, was obtained by a member of a foreign intelligence agency, to get information from another foreign intelligence agency to get dirt on a presidential candidate that was 100% unverified by any intelligence community, and which was used to illegally obtain a FISA warrant to spy on a presidential candidate.

  25. Funny, some people complaining about the law and nobody is above it. Then demanding the president and attorney general break it. Huh? Use your heads.

  26. @AM you should fact check yourself. President Trump has said the report exonerated him and the talking heads said just the opposite. Do pay attention please. The report will be released with what can be legally people. It’s been two years in the making and you guys kept saying “wait for it” so do what you say !!!!

  27. When our children try to hide something we know that they have done something wrong. When a 2 year report, school grades, and taxes are withheld doesn't the same thing apply? The higher your position the more accountable you are to the public.

  28. Jr Robinson, "All we have is the country we believe in and the one that we want to keep".

    That's correct.
    Just because I don't stand in public making a "display" does not mean my opinion doesn't matter.
    I have very strong feelings about what's going on in my country.

    MAGA !!

  29. @JN, lets see, are you talking about president Obama? Never saw lots of things from him either. The law is pretty clear on this report. He has to follow the law or you and others like you would be complaining about that. No matter what, some people are not going to give President Trump a break. In the lefts eyes he can do nothing right. In reality, he has already accomplished a lot and put us back on track as a country. Try to forget the partisan B.S and look at what has been accomplished and what needs to be done. This other foolishness helps nobody.

  30. Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Brennan, Strzock, Page, Ohr, Schiff, Clinton, and Obama are about to fail their Barr exam.

  31. Hmmm-Good Gravy! Let's stick to the present person in office & quit with Obama or any other previous presidents-Wilson, Roosevelt, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, etc.
    Accomplished? kids in cages, EPA regulations gone for some industries,, more taxes on the middle class but less on the rich, wanting to throw out the ACA, food stamps cut, education for the disabled cut, racism at an all time high, not believing in climate change. If those are accomplishments in your eyes I feel sorry for you.

  32. JN kids have been being put in cages since Clinton signed it in to law. Yet noone screamed about it until recently. ACA is failing and expensive but noone blaims the author that rammed it down our throats ( if you like your dr. you can keep your dr.) or (we have to pass it to know what’s in it). Lastly perhaps you didn’t understand your tax cut was in your weekly or bi weekly check. Too bad so many people can’t open their eyes and see some truth they just go with the rest of the sheep.

  33. JN, you forgot some

    Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
    More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
    We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.
    Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.
    Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
    New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.
    Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
    African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
    Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.
    Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
    Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.
    Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.
    Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.
    Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.
    Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
    The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.
    95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future—the highest ever.
    Retail sales surged last month, up another 6 percent over last year.
    Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone.
    As a result of our tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.
    Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
    Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.
    Opened ANWR and approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
    Record number of regulations eliminated.
    Enacted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.
    Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.
    My Administration is providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through association health plans and short-term duration plans.
    Last month, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. And thanks to our efforts, many drug companies are freezing or reversing planned price increases.
    We reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone.
    Signed Right-To-Try legislation.
    Secured $6 billion in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
    We have reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent during my first year in office.
    Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
    Increased our coal exports by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.
    United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
    Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.
    Cancelled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan.
    Secured record $700 billion in military funding; $716 billion next year.
    NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016.
    Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the Armed Forces.
    Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration.
    Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
    Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Deal.
    Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
    Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court.
    Issued Executive Order to keep open Guantanamo Bay.
    Concluded a historic U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. And negotiations with Canada are underway as we speak.
    Reached a breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports.
    Imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security.
    Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.
    Net exports are on track to increase by $59 billion this year.
    Improved vetting and screening for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement.
    We have begun BUILDING THE WALL. Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME

    Oh that's right dems don't like the facts when it doesn't fit their agenda.

  34. Hey jn, nuff said

  35. I’m reminded of some dialog from the movie ‘Citizen Kane’. Charles Foster Kane and his wife are at breakfast. He’s reading a newspaper.

    Emily: Really Charles, people will think…
    Kane: …what I tell them to think!

    Journalism hasn’t changed much after all these years - except for the worse.

  36. Taxpayer....clearly you simply downloaded this from Trump's website. Needs some fact checking for sure. I hope you don't just believe it all. Many of things he has done to benefit industry will actually hurt people at our level. One example... cancelling the Clean Power Plan. Bad news for Maine which is the tailpipe of the country. With the prevailing Westerlies, etc. the polluted air from the country's industries blows in here. Included in Trump's overall loosening of air emissions regulations to benefit industry, he plans to ease the mercury emissions standard. This would especially benefit coal fired plants who years ago were required to install scrubbers in their stacks to capture mercury before it got released into the air. If you are a fisherman, I hope you are aware of Maines health advisories that have been in place for many years that limit consumption of fish throughout the state due to high methyl-mercury levels. The major source of this mercury has been airborne mercury from polluted air. Trump's plan will allow the release of higher amounts mercury which will make methyl mercury levels in our lakes and waters even worse. In addition to it being bad for humans to consume fish with methyl mercury, it greatly affects and is detrimental to wildlife like otters, osprey, loons, raccoons, etc. that eat fish, aquatic life, or other animals that eat fish. Cancelling the Clean Power Plan and then replacing it with less stringent air pollution standards is not an improvement and does not benefit us. I guess we are just collateral damage for the sake of industry.

  37. The American people have a right to see the report.

  38. Lindy if the methyl mercury is so bad how is it loons haven’t died off ? They have their young every year and even the babies don’t die from mercury poisoning. Ducks same thing. I do agree that we are the tailpipe of the country lets leave the fish out of it. You shouldn’t take people at their word blindly after all they have been telling us for years that pharmaceuticals are good for us yet you take one pill for high blood pressure and then end up on a dozen others to fight problems caused by the medication. Take care of your own health don’t let dr.s do it.

  39. @JN: regarding your outrage about kids in cages, please click the link and see the photo from ancient history, around 5 years ago. There are two major differences between then and now.

    (1) The number of detainees was somewhat below crisis level, but even if it were much higher, ...
    (2) The media downplayed the situation, when it didn’t outright ignore it, because it worshipped at the feet of the man in charge. Today they’ve changed 180 degrees and the hypocrisy is staggering.

  40. Awww....The methyl mercury problem has been around a long time and is not controversial. Wildlife has definitely suffered. Here is a good article from the University of Maine about the impact on wildlife in Maine including loons.

    In regards to pharmaceuticals....who has been pushing the most about the benefits. Doesn't that originate from the pharmaceutical manufacturers? I agree with you about not blindly following doctors.

  41. Seriously, Taxpayer? You call many of those accomplishments? When I stop laughing I will read through the list again. Did you copy this from hannity's personal list? Frankly, I am worried about you. Want to talk?

  42. Taxpayer thanks for saving my fingers from all the typing. The haters are too far gone to grasp reality. Deranged residents, your heads will explode when Huber, Barr, and Nunes are done cleaning house.

  43. Read all the comments...then TRY to imagine the holocaust or violence that would need to be inflicted on OUR country to unite all of you.....let’s try to get together and heal before that has to

    Nah" much easier to sit back and hate and howl.....good luck world!

  44. The above group has the right to protest and believe what they believe.

    There were kids in Saigon and elsewhere that would leave poison tacks on the seats of taxi cabs. There were kids that carried drugs to soften troops minds. There were kids that planted diversions to lead Americans into traps where many were killed. There were kids that stole, robbed and murdered. There were children who manufactured bombs for adults.

    Kids in cages with a warm bed, the best food and medical provided ?

    In restraint for a short time while their 'Parents" who dragged them across three countries and violated United States Law, are being checked out
    Don't even talk to me about 'kids in cages' until your rear ends know what really goes on in the world. I lived on the southern border and it has become a very dangerous place for all living humans. Perhaps our Maine Senator Susan Collins would be wise and informed if she took a trip south of Washington DC. to the Rio Grande Valley.

  45. "Look for him (Trump) to get crazier and crazier." Agreed!!