President Trump Supports Public Release of Mueller Report
- Author: Tracy Klein Mar 25, 2019,
Mar 25, 2019, 0:28
"It's sort of interesting that a man just writes a report", Trump said of the Special Counsel, who has been hard at work for 22 months and three days investigating Russia's attack on the US electoral system.
In comments to reporters March 20, Trump also repeated his frequent criticism of the two-year probe, saying calling its very existence "ridiculous".
"I don't mind. I mean frankly, I told the House if you want, let them see it", Trump said, apparently referring to House Republicans who, along with House Democrats last week, voted unanimously for a resolution supporting public release of Mueller's findings.
In anticipation to the report release, Trump intensified his long-running campaign to question the legitimacy of Mueller, who is widely respected, and to undermine confidence in the report itself. "With narrow redactions for classified information, we expect the public release not only of Barr's report regarding Mueller's activities but also of Mueller's complete report to the attorney general".
TRUMP: "I want to see the report".
Trump, of course, has railed relentlessly against the probe, deeming it a baseless "witch hunt", sometimes in all capital letters, and has said it was based on unfounded allegations perpetrated by his "deep state" enemies in the Department of Justice, as well as his foes in the Democratic Party and the media.
'I think people should view with some skepticism the notion that gets breathlessly reported every week that the Mueller investigation is coming to an end...'
Several prominent prosecutors left Mueller's office in recent months, hinting his final report is about to drop. So, explain that, because my voters don't get it.
"I got 63 million more, 63 million votes and now somebody just writes a report".
"I have no idea whether the special counsel will conclude that Mr. Trump knowingly conspired with the Russians in connection with the 2016 election or that he obstructed justice with the required corrupt intent", Comey wrote in a New York Times op-ed published Thursday.
Trump questioned how Mueller - a man "out of the blue" who "never got a vote" can be investigating him, given his victory in the 2016 election. Attorney General William Barr is then expected to produce his own report for Congress. And Trump and his advisers are considering how to weaponize those possible findings for the 2020 race, according to current and former White House officials and presidential confidants who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
That report, experts say, is unlikely to be revealed in the raw - it could have confidential data on people not charged, as well as top secret information on sources.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.