Fight brews over expected blacked out portions of Mueller report

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller

Appearing on "America's Newsroom" Wednesday, King (R-N.Y.) explained that Attorney General William Barr's summary of Mueller's findings made it clear to him that there is no evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. White House aides have long echoed Trump's contention that his 2016 campaign did not conspire with Russians to influence the race, besides mirroring his denials about obstructing justice since taking office.

But of all the people looking forward to/dreading the Mueller report's release, Trump himself might be the most conflicted.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the attorney general last week of "going off the rails".

"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. In that sense, the Barr letter nearly certainly represents the high point of the probe for Trump and the GOP. The report's publication promises an end to some of the divisions that engulfed the first half of Donald Trump's term as president and dominated the midterm elections.

It may surprise many, but the central issue with the impending release of the Mueller report has little to do with its contents. But that was after then-FBI Director James Comey made the much-questioned decision to publicly discuss that investigation.

The questions, obtained by Fox News at the time, covered a wide range of topics, including whether the president had knowledge of contacts between former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the former Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak; the topics and comments made during meetings with former FBI Director James Comey before he was sacked; his interactions with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his feelings regarding his recusal from the Russia investigation; and the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 involving Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, among others. As of Tuesday afternoon, Trump aides said there were no plans for a "war room" or some other rapid-reaction team.

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A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian meddling in the USA election will be released on April 18, 2019, the Justice Department said as President Trump again lashed out at the most politically explosive probe in modern US history.

Congressional Democrats cited precedent from previous investigations in saying they wanted to see it all. A different president might say to his staffers, "I know that it might cause some political problems for me, but when you get questioned, you have to just tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may".

I have come to realize though, that it doesn't really matter. The president typically engages reporters on his way to an idling Marine One helicopter on the White House's South Lawn.

"You have a whole bunch of former White House officials and current White House officials, but especially former White House officials, who were told to cooperate". Giuliani said that the report would be released hours after Mueller's report is made available to the public. "It's about agenda-setting", said Julian E. Zelizer, a politics professor at Princeton University. "But just how much worse is anyone's guess". McGahn apparently was not debriefed by the White House after his meetings with the special counsel's investigators. The crime was committed by the other side. So far, Congress and the public have only seen four pages of conclusions from the report as compiled by Attorney General William Barr.

The victory lap was deliberately premature, they said. Trump reportedly has been briefed on what's in the Mueller report. "With abject complicity from the press corps, the administration succeeded in establishing the perception of the Mueller report - which is possibly even more important than the reality of what is in the document". (187 on Twitter.) He is clearly not a fan of the Mueller investigation. Seventy-four percent of Republicans said it clears Trump of "any wrongdoing", while just 8 percent of Democrats responded that way. If Mueller included that in his report, then Trump might get a big win - but if Mueller concludes that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did have a valid reason to surveil Page, it's going to burst that narrative bubble in a hurry.

Trump and his team seem aware that the absence of a prosecution recommendation from Mueller does not necessarily imply an absence of obstruction entirely.

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