A GOP member of the 1973 Senate Watergate Committee says releasing special counsel Robert Mueller's final report to the public is the only way for America to "pull . . . together around the truth."
In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, former Sen. Lowell Weicker, R-Conn., wrote "My bottom line is the same as it was in 1973."
"It isn't enough for the special counsel to complete his investigation and then have his report buried in a drawer at the Justice Department, or censored by those appointed by the subject of the investigation," Weicker wrote.
"Mueller's report and full findings must be made public for Congress and the American people to read. It is the only way to pull our country together around the truth."
"Our country is as polarized as we have been in recent memory," he argued. "That is why the public needs to see the special counsel's full, unvarnished findings for themselves . . . "
Americans have "a right to see as much information from the special counsel's investigation as possible," he added.
Weicker also dismissed arguments Republicans can do no more than "rubber stamp" President Donald Trump's attacks on Mueller "through silence or action."
"I'd remind them of where we found ourselves in 1973," he said. "President Richard Nixon had carried 49 states in the 1972 election. He would remain popular with a majority of Republicans until the day he left office.
"But we drew the line, nonetheless," he wrote.
The committee's findings prompted the impeachment process against Nixon, and ultimately led to his resignation in 1974.