Democrats have opened almost a dozen investigations of President Trump, but "at the top of the Democrats' list are three things they really want to see: Trump's tax returns, the full Mueller report, and Avengers: Endgame", Trevor Noah said on Tuesday's Daily Show. Once the report is released, it could be so explosive that the additional details are not worth the effort; on the other hand, the report as released by Barr could portray Trump much more favorably than it is expected to, which could take the wind out of the sails for more aggressive tactics from Democrats. Democratic lawmakers expressed frustration after the hearing that Barr wouldn't answer certain questions, such as whether the White House had been briefed about the Mueller report.
"Things are more promising when it comes to seeing the full Mueller report", though when Attorney General William Barr releases it next week, "the report is going to be heavily censored", Noah cautioned.
President Trump has called the special counsel investigation a "witch hunt", and he tweeted in May 2018 that he was demanding the "Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes".
Watch above via NBC News. Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided that the evidence was insufficient to establish obstruction.
Barr is scheduled to testify on the report itself at separate hearings before the Senate and House judiciary committees on May 1 and May 2.
Barr said in the summary released last month that Mueller didn't find a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin.
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, US intelligence gathering and ongoing criminal cases as well as potentially damaging information about peripheral players who were not charged in the Russian Federation probe. Collins is a vocal Trump supporter and criticized House Democrats in early March for opening their own investigation into the president.
Barr said he gave the Mueller team a chance to review his summary of the Mueller report, but they declined.
Barr testifies as Mueller report release approaches; Catherine Herridge reports from Capitol Hill.
"I believe that our country must respond to any foreign interference with the strongest measures, and we must work with partners at the state level to ensure that our election infrastructure is completely protected", his statement says. Yes, I think spying did occur.
"We've done everything we could for the last weeks and weeks to try to reach an accommodation with the attorney general under which we would see the report and the underlying evidence", Nadler said.
"While "coverup" might be too strong a word to describe what the administration is planning", Waldman mused, "what is clear is that they will be carefully managing the information the public gets to see in order to make sure that the narrative of President Trump's supposed innocence prevails".