Trump Questions Why 'Radical Left Democrats' Should See Mueller Report
- Author: Tracy Klein Apr 16, 2019,
Apr 16, 2019, 0:44
In order to distract from unanswered questions about Mueller's report, Trump reportedly revived a proposal which was previously been rejected by his own administration to release immigrant detainees in so-called sanctuary cities, sources close to the president told the Times.
US Attorney General William Barr has provided only a glimpse of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 US election, with many details expected to emerge when a redacted version of the document is released this week. Barr said he did not believe the evidence was sufficient to prove that Trump had obstructed justice. The attorney general indicated in his summary that he found no reason to press a criminal charge against the president.
Those following Mueller's investigation will pore over the report's nearly 400 pages for any new disclosures of contacts between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian operatives who interfered in the 2016 election, as well as evidence that the president sought to obstruct justice by interfering in the probe.
That finding led to jubilation and some gloating by the president and his supporters.
Barr released a four-page summary of the Mueller conclusions three weeks ago, saying the prosecutor had concluded that Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to help him win but had reached no conclusion whether Trump obstructed justice.
Mueller officially concluded his investigation late last month and submitted a almost 400-page report to Attorney General William Barr.
Although the prospect that the Democratic-led House of Representatives would begin the impeachment process to try to remove Trump from office appears to have receded, the House Judiciary Committee will be looking for any evidence relevant to ongoing probes into obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power by the president or others in the administration. Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., has threatened to subpoena the Justice Department to release Mueller's report and related documents, if he and Barr can not come to an agreement over redactions and the special counsel's underlying evidence.
Shortly after the announcement on Monday, Trump responded with a characteristic swerve, attempting to accuse Democrats of orchestrating a witch-hunt. "He continued: ".Since there was no Collusion, why was there an Investigation in the first place! "These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others!"
The White House declined to comment, but the president criticized the report in two tweets Monday.