In just about an hour Attorney General Barr will make a redacted version of the Mueller report public. At this point I don’t believe that anybody believes that will satisfy the president, his opponents, or his supporters. Neither his supporters nor his opponents are deducing their conclusions from facts; they’re just restating their premises.
But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about a misconception about how our system is supposed to function. Under our system the Congress does not have the authority to demand executive branch work product. The Congress’s powers with respect to the executive branch are limited to just two: the power of the purse and the power of impeachment. The powers of the court over the other two branches of government are even more limited. Basically, it has none. Whatever power the court exerts is just honored by convention. The Supreme Court has no authority to order the Congress or the President to do or not to do anything, as pithily observed by Andrew Jackson almost two hundred years ago.
What raises all of these questions and, indeed, what put President Trump into office to begin with is the dereliction of their duties by all branches of government. I guess that’s the material for another post.