Trump, White House Aides Rebuff Accounts of Damaging Mueller Report


US President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that has not read US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report detailing whether there was collaboration between the president's 2016 campaign team and the Kremlin.

More than two weeks after Robert Mueller, the special counsel conducting the Russian Federation inquiry, handed his final report to Barr, there is no sign of any let-up in Democratic demands. "Only know the conclusions, and on the big one, No Collusion".

He claimed that they found no obstruction either.

In his four-page letter, Barr said he and Rosenstein concluded Mueller's findings were not "sufficient" to prove Mr. Trump committed obstruction of justice, but Barr outlined in his summary that the special counsel stopped short of exonerating the president.

He said his letter was not a summary of Mueller's report.

All of those categories give Barr significant latitude to decide what to leave in and what to take out of the report's public version, none more so than the grand jury material.

Trump, who declared a "complete and total exoneration" when Barr announced Mueller's conclusions, said this week that Democrats "are fighting hard to keep the Witch Hunt alive".

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Democrats are preparing for a legal battle over releasing the report.

That legal opinion, "Congressional Requests for Confidential Executive Branch Information, " cited a 1982 "Reagan Memorandum, " which "provides that executive privilege can not be asserted without specific authorization by the President, based on recommendations made to him by the concerned agency head, the Attorney General, and the Counsel to the President". Democrats say they want "all of the underlying evidence" in Mueller's investigation.

Giuliani also said he believes the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, New York Rep.

It also authorised Nadler to subpoena five Trump officials who no longer serve in the White House: former White House counsel Don McGahn, former chief political strategist Steve Bannon, former White House communications director Hope Hicks, former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former White House lawyer Ann Donaldson.

Legal experts say he has wide discretion to determine what should not be revealed, meaning the fight over blacked-out boxes is likely to spawn months of fights between Congress and the Justice Department, and it may end up in the courts.

"Given the extraordinary public interest in the matter, the Attorney General chose to release the report's bottom-line findings and his conclusions immediately - without attempting to summarize the report - with the understanding that the report itself would be released after the redaction process", the Justice Department statement said.

Mueller's investigators issued more than 2,800 subpoenas and executed almost 500 search warrants, so the potential grand jury material is voluminous.