Commentary: The Mueller Report has been delivered to the attorney general. Was it worth the wait?

Dr. James B. Ewers Jr.

Commentary: The Mueller Report has been delivered to the attorney general. Was it worth the wait?
April 04
04:20 2019

By Dr. James B. Ewers Jr.

The Mueller Report reminds me of a report card. You remember report cards, don’t you? When we were young, we would get a report card that would measure our progress or lack of progress in our subjects.

Our parents would have to sign them to verify they had read them. Report card day was always dynamic. You were either happy or sad, maybe a little bit of both. There was always great speculation leading up to the issuance of report cards. There were rumors about who was getting the better grades. These tall tales were always started by us.

After the report cards were received, some students received warnings about their academic performance. They had to improve or else. Fortunately, I never received a letter of gloom. I figured out later that neighborhood embarrassment and being afraid of my parents motivated me enough not to get them.

The Mueller Report authored by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller and his team has some report card characteristics. The report is basically about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race. It has been submitted to Attorney General William Barr for his review. Mr. Barr said last week the report will be delivered to Congress in mid-April.

The speculation about the contents of the report has caused people in the president’s inner circle to have some sleepless nights and some worrisome days. Paul Manafort, the ex-campaign chairman for Mr. T’s presidential bid for example, will get 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud.

The Special Prosecutor states, “That while the report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” With this news, the president has already declared victory. He has repeatedly said, “No collusion.”  This no collusion refrain comes from a president who has completely eroded presidential ethics and standards. He has lowered the bar for decency and civility. It is shameful yet he has no remorse.

The Mueller Report, when released, will provide Congress with the mischief and mayhem of the current administration. The president and his cronies will be in a pickle. They can run but won’t be able to hide.

Some Democrats like Rep. Jerrold Nadler from New York want to hear from people directly associated with the president. He is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Will this be a precursor to impeachment proceedings?

In my opinion, impeachment isn’t the way to go. If Mr. T is impeached, then do we really want Mike Pence to be the next president? We couldn’t take it. Remember the sage expression, ‘be careful what you ask for!’

When we see the report, parts of it will be redacted. Some of us who want the president out will have to see him self-destruct or we will have to vote him out. Some on the left and maybe in the center politically are already disappointed with the little they know about the report. They wanted a TKO (technical knockout) for the president.

The Mueller Report when all is revealed may be the foundation for his undoing. If it does create a stir, our vote in the next election will finish him off. Our vote will be a sure-fire way of removing him from office. There are enough people already saying that the report was biased and that Mueller was out to get him, so our vote will take on even more importance.

It is a widely known fact his core supporters believe he can do no wrong. It doesn’t matter to them that his political and moral compasses have gone astray. At this point, we the people, are in a holding pattern regarding the Mueller Report.

Like a report card, it’s been received. Now, we’ll have to wait and see who signs it.

James B. Ewers Jr. Ed.D. is a former tennis champion at Atkins High School in Winston-Salem and played college tennis at Johnson C. Smith University, where he was all-conference for four years.  He is a retired college administrator.  He can be reached at

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