White House won’t say if Trump has seen the Mueller report

White House won’t say if Trump has seen the Mueller report

White House won’t say if Trump has seen the Mueller report

Now that the American public will get a look at details beyond the four-page investigation summary written by Attorney General William Barr, some Trump allies are concerned that the president was too quick to declare complete triumph and they're pushing the White House to launch a pre-emptive attack.

William Barr, 68, appeared on Capitol Hill yesterday to talk about budget matters but faced complaints about his letter of March 24 in which he said that the special counsel Robert Mueller had cleared the Trump presidential campaign of conspiring with Russian Federation, and that there was evidence both for and against obstruction of justice.

Barr gave no indication of how much of the report will be obscured but said he was working with Mueller on restricting details about secret grand jury information, USA intelligence gathering and ongoing criminal cases as well as potentially damaging information about peripheral players who were not charged in the Russian Federation probe.

Facing the intensifying concerns from Democrats that he may have whitewashed Mueller's findings, Barr has twice moved to defend, or at least explain, his handling of the process since receiving the special counsel's report.

Barr said he hoped to release a redacted version within a week.

Democratic Representative Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Mr Barr must had over the document.

"Many of the people who are right now calling for the release of this report were basically castigating Ken Starr and others for releasing the Starr report", Barr said, echoing President Donald Trump's criticism of Nadler. Barr anticipated referrals from House intelligence committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-California), but denied having yet seen the referrals.

"As I've stated before, in order to ensure that our immigration system works properly, we must secure our nation's borders, and we must ensure that our laws allow us to process, hold, and remove those who violate our immigration laws", Barr says.

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Barr also disclosed that Mueller declined an offer by Justice Department officials to review the attorney general's four-page letter he sent to Congress on March 24 that summarized the special counsel's main findings.

The scramble to frame the investigation's findings in the best political light is sure to be renewed in coming days when Mueller's report is expected to be released in redacted form.

Barr responded: "The thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the Department of Justice prior to the submission of the report".

Although the White House isn't saying whether Trump has seen Mueller's report, the president's legal team indicated it has not seen the document.

Democrats have urged Barr to make the case to a judge for an exception to the rules that prevent the Justice Department from releasing grand-jury information to Congress, but Barr said he has no plans to do so. He also said that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, instead presenting evidence on both sides of the question.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a Republican, has said he would be satisfied hearing only from Barr and not Mueller.

"Trump made an impressive effort at creating an obstruction case against himself, but it's no easy task to obstruct an investigation where prosecutors do not believe there's an underlying crime", George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said.

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