Donald Trump Hates the Mueller Report Except When He Doesn’t

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller

Starr said that Attorney General William Barr has handled the release of the report "beautifully" and "by the book", despite extensive criticism from some Democratic lawmakers and others who objected to his summary of Mueller's findings - which Barr said was no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and no determination on obstruction of justice.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec told Fox News on Monday the report would be made available - with redactions - Thursday morning to lawmakers and to the public. However, you won't be able to read all of it.

(Cliff Owen/AP, FILE) Special Counsel Robert Mueller walks past the White House after attending services at St. John's Episcopal Church, in Washington, March 24, 2019.

"Obviously there is a real concern as to whether there is full transparency", U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton said during a Tuesday hearing on a BuzzFeed Freedom of Information Act lawsuit demanding access to the Mueller report, according to CNN's report.

But Democrats have said they are not interested in impeachment, for now, and are likely to argue in court that they don't need to be in an official impeachment proceeding to receive the materials. In the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press, Schiff and Nunes also asked for a private briefing from Mueller and his team.

Democrats are especially eager to see what Mr. Mueller says about obstruction of justice after the special counsel specifically said the report was not an exoneration. But perhaps most troubling for White House aides is the likelihood that the report in which they cooperated would reveal them as a source of negative information about the president - the type of access Trump might call a "leak". Those include cases handed off or referred to federal prosecutors in Washington, New York and Virginia.

Mr. Trump, meanwhile, is trying to keep the public focused on Mr. Mueller's bigger conclusion that there was no criminal conspiracy with Russian Federation - undercutting the narrative that launched the lengthy investigation.

Mr Barr said he would black out information from the report "that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties".

That means that in addition to Mr Trump, members of his family who work at the White House, such as his daughter Ivanka, could potentially be named if they were somehow entangled in Mueller's investigation.

The Justice Department did release information about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices more than two years ago, even though Clinton wasn't charged.

Mr Barr signalled in his confirmation hearing in January that he would do things differently. "So people went and did that, and now the uncertainty is just how much of that information is going to be in that report and how identifiable to individuals is it going to be". Nadler noted that Barr, before he became the country's top law enforcement official, wrote that Trump could not obstruct justice because the president "is the boss of the Justice Department and could order it around to institute an investigation, to eliminate an investigation or could not be questioned about that".

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