Published: Sun, March 24, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump says public should see 'ridiculous' Mueller report

Trump says public should see 'ridiculous' Mueller report

Former FBI Director James Comey says he does not know what special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election will look like, but he also doesn't care whether it implicates President Trump. But according to a new report by Jonathan Lemire and Mary Clare Jalonick for the Associated Press (AP), Trump and some of his allies are thinking that Mueller's final report could work to his political advantage when it comes out.

Trump went on to mischaracterise the effort, saying "it's sort of interesting that a man out of the blue just writes a report". "Now somebody's going to write a report, who never got a vote".

Trump, of course, nominated Rosenstein, who was confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate in a 94-6 vote. 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.

The House voted unanimously last week for a non-binding resolution calling for any report in Mueller's investigation to be made public.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been probing Russian interference in the 2016 election for nearly two years. Mueller was not a candidate for president in that race.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has been at the forefront of Democratic and Congressional oversight of President Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation and the ongoing special counsel investigation.

That report, experts say, is unlikely to be revealed in the raw - it could have confidential data on people not charged, as well as top secret information on sources. "And I don't get it", he said.

"You know better than anybody there was no collusion", Trump said to one reporter.

Trump has been hammering the Mueller investigation repeatedly in public statements, frequently blasting out condemnations of the "witch hunt" and highlighting developments that undermine its credibility.

But the evidence so far shows that a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and several lied about the communications. That's a tremendous victory.

"I want the public to understand us as we paint this picture of what is happening in our country, the stonewalling, the lies", House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings told CNN's Manu Raju on Wednesday.

The argument that an investigation into a democratically elected President could amount to a coup in all but name could be a powerful one. That's why Trump dubbed the Mueller team "13 Angry Democrats".

The President spoke rapidly, offering new talking points in his anti-Mueller meltdown.

In December, 80% of self-identified Democrats said they were in favor of impeachment - that now stands at 68%, a 12-point dip.

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