Release or Not?

What percent of Americans think that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report should be released to the American public?

  1. How accurate was your incorrect prediction?

  2. How surprised are you by this data?

  3. What is the big story the data tell?

  4. What is one consequence of this?

  5. Explain whether you personally think the Mueller report should be released to the American public.

  6. In a democracy, one would think that if 84% of people supported a certain idea or policy that it would happen. Explain whether you personally think the Mueller report will be released to the American public.

  7. Describe the partisan impact on the results of the survey.

  8. Typically, Democrats and Republicans agree on almost nothing. Explain why Republicans and Democrats are mostly united in their opinion of the Mueller report being made public.

  9. What group of Americans is least supportive of the Mueller report being released to the American public?

  10. What group of Americans is most supportive of the Mueller report being released to the American public?

  11. What is the most persuasive argument you have heard for why the report should be released?

  12. What is the most persuasive argument you have heard for why the report should NOT be released?

  13. How has the Mueller investigation impacted your view of the American government and political system?

  14. What branch of government is the Department of Justice a part of?

  15. Who hires and fires the head of the Justice Department, the Attorney General?

  16. In what way is the Mueller investigation an example of checks and balances and in what way is it NOT an example?

  17. How has the Mueller investigation impacted your view of the Trump presidency and the office of the president?

  18. In recent years, many political observers have made the claim that the American presidency was becoming weaker. Based on your knowledge of the Mueller investigation and the American political system, how would you respond to that argument.

  19. In Federalist No. 70 (1788), Alexander Hamilton (The ten-dollar Founding Father without a father/Got a lot farther by workin’ a lot harder/
    By bein’ a lot smarter/By bein’ a self-starter/
    By fourteen, they placed him in charge of a trading charter)
    argues for a strong executive leader, as provided for by the Constitution, as opposed to the weak executive under the Articles of Confederation. Hamilton asserts, “energy in the executive is the leading character in the definition of good government.” What would someone like Hamilton who wanted a strong executive think about an investigation of the president?

  20. How do most Americans feel about the legitimacy of the Mueller investigation?*

  21. How do demographics impact Americans’ opinion on the Mueller investigation?*

Visual Extension

Learning Extension

The special counsel, Robert Mueller, was supposed to decide whether President Trump had committed a crime. Why did the attorney general, William Barr, do it instead? Listen to this Mueller Report episode of The Daily

Action Extension

Contact the Department of Justice and share your thoughts about whether the Mueller Report should be released.

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