President Trump's claim that Robert Mueller's report is a total exoneration is about to be put to the test as what is known about the special counsel's findings swells from four pages to almost 400, undermining the White House's ability to frame the narrative. "These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others!"
As for the Mueller report, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told the USA cable news program Fox News Sunday, "I don't think it is going to be damaging to the president".
Barr said last week that he would work with the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to try to disclose grand jury materials if necessary.
The Justice Department says it will release a redacted version of Mueller's report Thursday morning, giving a Washington on its toes some clarity about when the report might be released. "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".
"You will recognize that special counsel Mueller did spin off a number of cases which continue in progress and are being handled in the department".
The Justice Department said that the much-anticipated Russian Federation report would be released to both the public and Congress on Thursday morning, with redactions, despite mounting calls from Democrats to release the report to Congress without redactions.
Mr. Trump's staunchest allies in Congress have already been pushing that message since Barr's summary - if not sooner - and some are calling for the Justice Department to investigate the origins of the Mueller report. The White House likely will claim final vindication. "That little letter Barr sent out summarizing the report I think was completely BS".
While the president unleashed his personal grievances, his team seized on any exculpatory information in Barr's letter, hoping to define the conversation in advance, according to White House officials and outside advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss private deliberations. "However, contrary to Trump's false claim, Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice".
"The downside of that strategy was they'll have to live by what's in the actual document", the strategist said. We don't know if Barr is protecting the rule of law - or if he's protecting the president who brought him back into government after years in the political wilderness. And there is fear among some presidential confidants that the rush to spike the football in celebration could backfire if bombshell new information emerges.
"We have very smart people who will be reading it", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said Tuesday in a CNN interview. That remark came after Barr told a Senate panel he believed there was "spying" by US intelligence authorities on Trump's 2016 campaign - a charge he later tried to walk back. "It was a big con job and everybody knows it..." The warrant was obtained after Page had left the campaign and was renewed several times. Similarly, 83% of Democrats say Congress should take steps to impeach Trump if he is found to have obstructed justice, even if he did not have inappropriate contacts with Russian Federation, while 82% of Republicans say Congress should not. He later amended his remarks, saying that while he is "not saying that improper surveillance occurred", he is "concerned about it and looking into it". Even with the grand jury testimony redacted, Mueller's investigative report may include a lot of details on Trump campaign activities that may not rise to the level of criminality but were far less than virtuous.
The Russia probe began on July 31, 2016, when the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the presidential campaign and whether anyone on the Trump campaign was involved.
Barr has said he will release as much of the Mueller report as possible, while excluding material Mueller included from secret grand jury testimony and confidential USA intelligence sources, information about ongoing investigations and material that might prove damaging to peripheral figures in the investigation who have not been charged with criminal offenses.