Trump Calls For Public Release Of Mueller Russia Investigation Report

Trump Calls For Public Release Of Mueller Russia Investigation Report

Trump Calls For Public Release Of Mueller Russia Investigation Report

"I don't mind. I mean, frankly, I told the House, 'If you want, let them see it, '" Trump said when asked whether the American public had the right to see the fruits of the special counsel's labors.

Trump took aim at Mueller, who has spearheaded the investigation for almost two years, as someone who had written his report "out of the blue".

The final report would go directly to Barr, including recommendations from Mueller as to how to proceed with further investigative or legal action. 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.

Comey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017 that he leaked memos that he wrote after conversations with Trump in order to force the appointment of a special counsel. Since his firing, Comey has made no effort to hide his distaste for the president.

Mueller, he said, was only appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and never had to face voters. But he also has voiced an expansive view of executive power in which the president functions as the country's chief law enforcement officer and has wide latitude in giving directives to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department. "And I don't get it", he said.

Special counsel is not an elected position, and Mueller, former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has not sought elective office.

As he has before, Trump questioned the legitimacy of Mueller's investigation.

"We'll see what the report says - let's see if it's fair. I'm not rooting for anything at all, except that the special counsel be permitted to finish his work, charge whatever cases warrant charging and report on his work". Democrats have launched a sweeping probe of Trump, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season.

Time and again, the president has said "no collusion, no collusion" as several former associates, advisers and administration officials have been indicted, convicted or plead guilty to charges stemming from the Russian Federation probe.

"We will be prepared and we anticipate that the reports will exonerate the President and demonstrate that there wasn't any collusion", a senior Trump campaign official said.

The plan is clear: Delegitimize Mueller personally and professionally, paint his findings as a deep state coup that trashes votes of his millions of Trump supporters, and argue that he's bulletproof since he's doing such a great job.

In the meantime, the president and his surrogates will labor to link the report with the mounting investigations launched by House Democrats. And now I have somebody writing a report that never got a vote?

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