Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Mueller Report set to be released Thursday

Mueller Report set to be released Thursday

Americans waiting for the removal of Trump as president will continue to follow the Mueller investigation's findings and his legal battles in various courts and locations, while Trump's supporters continue to believe that what he says is true - it's simply a series of witch hunts initiated and pursued by Democrats and liberals with the sole goal of stopping Trump from truly making America great again.

Some current and former White House staffers are anxious the soon-to-be-released report by special counsel Robert Mueller will reveal them as the sources of damaging information relating to President Donald Trump, NBC News is reporting.

Robert Mueller, left, and Donald Trump.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders repeatedly tried to make the same case on TV talk shows on Sunday.

Democratic lawmakers have criticized Barr for issuing a four-page summary of Mueller's report on March 24 rather than waiting and letting the redacted version be the public's first look at the special counsel's work.

Democrats are calling for Mueller himself to testify before Congress and have expressed concern that Barr will order unnecessary censoring of the report to protect the president.

"While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him" regarding obstruction of justice, Mueller wrote.

"Just call it The Barr Report". We don't know exactly how much information will be redacted-if it will just be details related to national security or if it will be as skewed as Attorney General William Barr's initial summary.

And Barr, who is barely two months on the job as Trump's attorney general, has already presented his imprint of the report, offering top-level conclusions in a public letter last month. On the other side are millions who disagree with everything Trump does and says and who are appalled at the direction our country has taken. However, contrary toTrump's false claim, Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

The special counsel's Trump-Russia report will be out on Thursday for all to see.

It's that choice that now stands to face the most intense scrutiny, and it seems likely the investigative report will have a pro-con list of actions and declarations that could arguably have justified charging the president.

The scores of outstanding questions about the investigation have not stopped the president and his allies from declaring victory.

"The greatest Scam in political history", he tweeted Tuesday. The president typically engages reporters on his way to an idling Marine One helicopter on the White House's South Lawn. That includes members of the president's inner circle who, according to NBC News, are fretting about the help they provided to Mr. Mueller.

"The downside of that strategy was they'll have to live by what's in the actual document", the strategist said. However, it now appears far more likely that Trump is going to win this battle not because the facts warrant it, but rather because Barr has done a highly contrived and seemingly masterful job of releasing the report in the least damaging fashion imaginable. "They got asked questions and told the truth", one unnamed official told NBC, "and now they're anxious the wrath will follow". And there is fear among some presidential confidants that the rush to spike the football in celebration could backfire if bombshell new information emerges.

Mueller investigated Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe. "There was no anything", Trump told ABC News affiliate KSTP Monday in Minnesota. "The reason for this is because Republicans and Democrats in the electorate hate the other side so much". This crime was all made up. "They're going to be looking for anything in there, and certainly I think Thursday's kind of all upside for them because in their estimation anything that doesn't say no collusion, no obstruction is probably - good news". Seventy-four percent of Republicans said it clears Trump of "any wrongdoing", while just 8 percent of Democrats responded that way.

Democrats are still demanding to see the full unredacted report. "Just in time for Easter, it will be a insane quilt of colors created to cover up key facts and, nearly more important, break the flow - and diminish the power - of the Mueller Report as written", tweeted Elizabeth de la Vega, who served as a federal prosecutor for more than two decades.

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.

Lemire reported from NY. That probe was prompted by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos' contacts with Russian intermediaries, including a Maltese professor who told the young aide that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of emails.

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