Trump Backs Public Release Of Mueller Report

Trump Backs Public Release Of Mueller Report

President Trump repeatedly suggested Wednesday that Robert Mueller's report would be illegitimate - because Trump was voted into office and the special counsel was not.

When Democrats were in the minority of the House in 2017 and 2018, Schiff consistently pointed out that Republican efforts to obtain information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation from the department seemed to stretch accepted precedent - precedent that now means that Congress is entitled to extensive disclosures about the Mueller probe.

"I've done a great job all over the country", Trump continued, echoing remarks he's made earlier that you can't impeach a president if they've done a good job, which is also false. And Trump and his advisers are considering how to weaponize those possible findings for the 2020 race, according to current and former White House officials and presidential confidants who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. And we'll see what happens.

If the report vindicates the President though, what will the reaction be from the left? Special Counsel Robert Mueller will deliver a final report to Trump's Attorney General William Barr.

Opponents of the president have speculated that Trump obstructed the Russian Federation investigation, though there's no indication that any obstruction charges are forthcoming.

"A deputy, that's appointed, appoints another man to write a report".

As Barr's Justice Department internally debated how much of the report to provide to Congress-which, in a rare bipartisan move, firmly demanded that they receive the whole thing-Trump this week also came out supporting the full public release of the report.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been probing Russian interference in the 2016 election for almost two years
ANDREW HARNIK APFormer FBI Director Robert Mueller has been probing Russian interference in the 2016 election for almost two years

The president also claimed Wednesday that Mueller's "best friend is Comey, who's a bad cop", referring to James B. Comey, whom Trump fired as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

What will the attorney general do?

Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was appointed in May 2017 with widespread bipartisan backing in Congress, four months into Trump's turbulent presidency.

Trump did indeed win almost 63 million votes in the 2016 election, but it was fewer than the 65 million for Clinton, who won the popular vote after racking up lopsided victories in big states such as NY and California, according to election data compiled by The Associated Press. I got 306 electoral votes against 223. And now I have somebody writing a report that never got a vote? That's a tremendous victory.

The argument that an investigation into a democratically elected President could amount to a coup in all but name could be a powerful one.

In the meantime, the president and his surrogates will labor to link the report with the mounting investigations launched by House Democrats.

"He's just not worth it", Pelosi said in a Washington Post interview earlier this month.

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