President Trump Takes Aim At Mueller AGAIN As Report Release Draws Near
- Author: Tracy Klein Apr 09, 2019,
Apr 09, 2019, 1:13
U.S. President Donald Trump and White House officials on Sunday rebuffed reports that release of special counsel Robert Mueller's full report on the 2016 Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation would prove more damaging than the initial conclusion that neither Trump nor his aides conspired with Moscow to help him win.
The New York Times and the Washington Post reported that some investigators were unhappy with the way Barr had described their findings, in a sign of tensions between some members of Mueller's team and administration officials overseeing the report's release.
Mueller's report states "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime [in terms of obstruction of justice], it also does not exonerate him", according to Attorney General William Barr.
In a statement on Thursday, Barr defended the decision to release a brief summary letter two days after receiving the report on March 22.
The department said Attorney General William Barr must strike confidential information from the almost 400-page document as reports surfaced in the news media that members of Mueller's team were unhappy with the way Barr had characterized its main conclusions.
The actual report has not yet been released.
That has caused frustration among members of Mueller's team, who have told associates they are frustrated with the limited information provided about their almost two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether US President Donald Trump sought to obstruct justice.
Giuliani also punted on whether Trump would release his written answers to questions from Mueller. Democrats suspect the evidence could be damning to the president -setting up a legal and political showdown. "'Look, you made a call on obstruction - did Robert Mueller ask you to make your call or do you think he intended that for Congress?"
Trump launched an attack on the team that produced the Mueller report as he accused them of "leaking" information to the press.
Nadler indicated that he will not immediately issue the subpoenas, but rather attempt to use them as leverage over Barr and others to voluntarily provide the requested report and testify about it.
"If these recent reports are accurate ... then those summaries should be publicly released as soon as possible", Nadler said.
While Donald Trump does the happy dance and crows that he's been "completely and totally exonerated" for all we know the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker may have been exonerated as well, or maybe not.