- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 15, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Here’s a riddle for you: When is a ploy not a ploy?

And now for the answer — when it’s Democrats staging the ploy.

More than 20 Democrats in the House are setting the stage for a 12-hour public reading of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia, in all its 448-page glory, minus the redactions, of course. Their stated purpose?

To get to the truth.

To get the truth to the American people.



To do the due diligence the American people both expect and deserve.

How honorable. Wink-wink.

“The #MuellerReport cannot be summarized in a tweet, headline or news segment,” tweeted Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, Pennsylvania Democrat. “This administration and its enablers do not want the American people to hear the contents of this report — but we have a responsibility to share the report in its entirety with the American people.”

‘Cause nothing says gift to the American people like another long-drawn-out waste-of-time from tax-paid humble servants, right?

Scanlon, in an interview with The Washington Post, estimated it will take between 12 and 14 hours to read the full report — which, by the way, is already available to the American public to read on its collective and-or individual own time.

In other words: Citizens already have the choice whether or not to read this report. But Democrats want to stage an event to draw media. And that media draw will lead Democrats to do exactly what Scanlon says is impossible to do: sum the report in news segments and headlines that will then feed tweets. 

The shocker here is the Democrats still want it believed that this reading is not a political stunt aimed at drawing out the left’s frenzied quest to find President Donald Trump guilty of some sort of impeachable offense.

“It’s not a ploy to keep anything going,” Scanlon said. “[Y]ou know, it may be inconvenient, it may be time-consuming, but it’s what we have to do.”

Right. And that’s called a lie. 

But of course, this public reading is a ploy. Only the most dim-witted could possibly see otherwise.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter, @ckchumley.

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