While I wait for a lot more of the Mueller report to be released (and by the way I do realize that grand jury testimony cannot be released by law,) let me jump ahead, and back a bit.
A big part of our government is based on 3 equal branches of it: executive, legislative, and judicial. Each has its role to play; has checks (in most cases) on the other-and these checks and balances have made our Democracy what it is.
The President’s “pardon power” in a dictatorial aberration and should be eliminated or greatly modified.
Example A: as of now the judicial system can spend years and millions investigating a suspected criminal, getting an indictment, preparing for trial, and then in the blink of an eye, the president issues a pardon and all is forgiven, legally and for the record. That not only is not fair, it is an outright and total break of our system of 3 equal branches and checks and balances.
This can (and I suspect—has) happened.
Many presidents have been criticized for the way they used the pardon process. Clinton’s pardons, in some cases, didn’t pass the smell test. Prominent people (and party donors) got off. Bush & Obama were also criticized for some of their pardons. Many presidents have.
It’s long past time for a change, and all those lawyers in Congress know it. The president probably ought to have some power to pardon, but NOT until AFTER the judicial system has done its job; not til after someone has been convicted (and probably not til after the appeals process has concluded.) To let a president pardon sooner makes a mockery of our system of justice.
It isn’t what Trump might do, or what Clinton did. It’s the practice of democracy at stake, and to coin a phrase:
It’s time for a change.
I'm just sayin'...