A 20-hour live reading of the Mueller Report sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women began at 9 a.m. today at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers. As of early this afternoon, there were only one or two people in the audience other than speakers waiting their turn to read. The City of West Hollywood
The 448-page report, officially titled “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election,” documents Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings after an investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The investigation looked into allegations of conspiracy or coordination between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, the results of which are contained in Volume 1. Volume 2 contains the results of Mueller’s investigation of allegations of obstruction of justice by Trump and those associated with him.
An audio version of the report, narrated by the Pulitzer Prize-winning staff of the Washington Post, has been available online since shortly after a redacted version of it was released on April 18. It can be downloaded for free. Councilmember John Heilman, who is a law professor, has prepared a 16-page summary of the Mueller Report, which can be accessed by clicking on the “download” button below.
On July 15, the City Council approved a request from Council members Heilman and Lindsey Horvath to allocate $4,500 for costs associated with technical assistance and closed captioning for the video streaming of the reading along with event insurance. It also agreed to waive fees that could have been charged for use of the space and parking for those participating in it, which was valued at $3,151. Mayor John D’Amico voted against the proposal to fund the event and Councilmember Lauren Meister abstained. However, D’Amico and Meister are on the list of more than 150 people who have agreed to appear from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow to read portions of the report. Councilmembers John Heilman, John Duran, and Horvath also are on the list of readers. Those interested in attending can park in the five-story structure behind the City Council Chambers and obtain a validated parking ticket at the event that makes parking free.
In a message to WEHOville explaining his participation, D’Amico said: “the Mueller report is an official city event. It is important to me, as the current Mayor, to be supportive of all of the efforts of the city. Our ability to stay focused is more important than any opinions I might have about individual projects and events.”
John Erickson, a former deputy to former City Councilmember Abbe Land (also on the list of readers) and the head of the Hollywood chapter of the National Organization for Women, proposed the reading event. Erickson is closely aligned with Land, Heilman, and Horvath and is rumored to be a candidate in the November 2020 City Council election.