Mueller report release tests Donald Trump exoneration claim


Thursday's irregular timeline for Barr's conference and the Mueller release certainly doesn't help that appearance. The talks have aided the president's legal team as it prepares a rebuttal to the report and strategizes for the coming public war over its findings. We don't know exactly how much information will be redacted-if it will just be details related to national security or if it will be as skewed as Attorney General William Barr's initial summary. When Barr releases the Mueller report on Thursday, many legal eagles and journalists will read the section on obstruction first.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee plan to subpoena the Department of Justice as early as Friday for all of special counsel Robert Mueller's findings throughout his almost two-year investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election, multiple news outlets reported, as they brace for a lengthy legal battle against President Donald Trump's administration for access to the full report in the wake of Attorney General William Barr's anticipated redactions.

Recent news reports suggest that Barr's stated conclusion was misleading and hint at indications that Mueller meant to leave it for Congress to act on the president's alleged obstruction. Barr's letter, for instance, hinted that there would be at least one unknown action by the president that Mueller examined as a possible act of obstruction. "In his letter, [U.S. Attorney General William] Barr said the special counsel did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates during the campaign". Barr has said publicly that he has "no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review".

Nadler said that even though Barr concluded no obstruction charges should be brought against Trump, his decision should not go without review.

Since the special counsel's office closed its investigation late last month, Barr and his team at the Justice Department have been reviewing the almost 400-page final report to determine how much of it can be made public.

After almost two years of waiting, America will get some answers straight from Robert Mueller. In the waiting game's final days, the White House continued to try to shape the narrative. Still, as far as what's known to the public, social-media-driven theories about Trump negotiating "a deal" to leave office amount to little more than wishful thinking. A number of White House aides have privately said they are eager for all Russian Federation stories, good or bad, to fade from the headlines.

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"We have very smart people who will be reading it", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said Tuesday in a CNN interview.

"Any aspect of that report, I hope it does come out because there was no collusion, whatsoever, no collusion", Trump told Minneapolis TV station KSTP while there on Monday. This crime was all made up.

Barr may have been referring to a surveillance warrant the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained in the fall of 2016 to monitor the communications of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

It later states "With the goal to discredit what's coming, Trump and his allies have unleashed a series of broadsides against Mueller's team and the Democrats pushing for full release of the final report".

It seems unlikely, however, that this will finally silence endless speculation about Trump's "Kremlin ties", with legions of Americans still desperately determined to find a reason to believe that Orange Man Bad. (187 on Twitter.) He is clearly not a fan of the Mueller investigation. Then-FBI Director James B. Comey was criticized in 2016 for bucking that principle and declaring at a televised news conference that he was recommending no charges following the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.