448-page Special Counsel Robert Mueller report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election published by the Washington Post and Scribner will debut at No. 1 on the paperback nonfiction bestseller list on Sunday, say The New York Times.
As of Thursday afternoon, the report is No. 1 on the Amazon bestsellers list too. However, the question is whether all those who bought it have actually read it.
CNN politics have tried to answer that question and started with the senators on the Judiciary Committee, who questioned Attorney General on Wednesday. Here is what they got:
- South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R): “I can’t say I’ve read it all, but I’ve read most of it.”
- Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin (D): “I’m just going to stand by what he has written and I ask others to read it as well.”
- Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono (D): “But when we read the report, we knew Robert Mueller’s concerns were valid and that your version of events was false.”
- New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (D): “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Barr, as I take a step back at this, I just really think we’re at a very sobering moment in American history that there is a considerable amount going on when you actually take time and read this whole report that shows that we’re sort of at a crossroad and I fear that we’re descending into a new normal that is dangerous for our democracy on a number of levels.”
- North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R): “And it was summarized in about a little over a 400-page document. Volume 2 was just under 200 pages as I recall. I’ve read volume 2 word for word and I’ve read most of volume 1.”
According to new CNN polling, the public read even less of the report than senators did. 3% said they had read “all” of the report, 10% had read “some” of it, and 8% had read “a little.” These figures prove that having a copy of the Mueller report is more of a status symbol and “a sign of elite cultural literacy,” say CNN. It is certainly more talked about than actually read.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website