College students discuss Mueller report

Published: Apr. 18, 2019 at 7:01 PM EDT
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While much of the country may be discussing the release of

, it's also being discussed in at least one classroom in the valley.

Dr. Bobbi Gentry, assistant professor of political science at Bridgewater College, and her students discussed several different aspects of the report on Thursday.

Dr. Gentry said it was important for her to include discussion of current events in her classes.

"We're literally making history as of these moments," Dr. Gentry said. "So when things happen in politics, it shifts what's politically possible."

Dr. Gentry and her students talked about the impact of the report on the 2020 election, as well as the impact it could have on public policy decisions that Congress makes.

"It's particularly salient because republicans and democrats are both going to use aspects of the report and what was released to try and benefit their platform in 2020," James Dorsey, a junior at Bridgewater College, said.

Hunter Potts, another junior in the class, agreed, saying it had been a major discussion point for both parties.

"That's been one of the sticking points for both political parties," Potts said, "whether he has colluded or not with Russia."

Another part of the discussion was about the level of redaction in the report, and why it was important for people to have the ability to read it.

"I'd honestly prefer to see less redacted in order to make the public more aware of what's going on," Potts said. "I can see the need to redact a little, to redact whatever is of national security interest."

For Dorsey, it was important for people to be able to read the report, since the public paid for it. He said it was also important to a lot of people.

"This was a major concern for a lot of Americans for about two years."

Dr. Gentry added that this report will have consequences beyond the immediate future.

"What does it mean for candidates in the 2020 election and beyond," Dr. Gentry said. "So it's not just about right now, it's about what is the future of politics in the United States today and what do people want out of politics."