Trump says public should see 'ridiculous' Mueller report

US President Donald Trump has been an outspoken critic of the Mueller probe

In fact, Trump's now openly demanding that the "ridiculous" report, which Mueller is expected to deliver to Attorney General William Barr "any day now", be released to the public.

Trump's new attorney general, William Barr, committed during his January 15 confirmation hearing to releasing as much of the Mueller report as laws and regulations allow. But during his confirmation hearing last month, Barr said he ultimately will decide what the public sees, and that any report will be in his words, not Mueller's. On Wednesday, Trump said that Sessions "didn't have the courage to do it himself" and said that it was interesting "that a man out of the blue just writes a report", before again recalling his Electoral College victory in 2016.

"Explain that, because my voters don't get it, and I don't get it", he added.

Ever since special counsel Robert Mueller took over the U.S. Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation in May 2017, President Donald Trump has railed against it consistently and repeatedly denounced it as a baseless "witch hunt".

When asked on March 20 whether the American public has a right to see the report, Trump replied, "I don't mind". "Let it come out, and let people see it". Mueller has previously held several senior positions in the Justice Department, including FBI Director. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff warned last month he will "subpoena the report, we will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress, we will take it to court if necessary", in order to obtain the document. And I don't get it.

Lemire and Jalonick report that according to the Trump advisors they interviewed, the president plans to be very outspoken if Mueller's report is "underwhelming" and will "use Twitter and interviews to gloat over the findings, complain about the probe's cost and depict the entire investigation as an attempt to obstruct his agenda".

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

Trump has denied collusion and obstruction, calling the investigation a "witch-hunt".

"You know better than anybody there was no collusion", Trump said to one reporter. Rosenstein appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, to conduct the investigation.

Mueller, Trump charges, "put 13 angry Democrats in" his investigative team, also false. At the same time, let it come out.

In 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a FISA warrant to spy on Trump 2016 presidential campaign associate Carter Page, and in the warrant, the Federal Bureau of Investigation used the Steele Dossier, a collection of unsubstantiated claims about Trump-Russia ties compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, who was commissioned by the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 presidential campaign of former State Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Attorney General nominee William Barr testifies on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Capitol in Washington on January 15, 2019.



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