Attorney general plans news conference to discuss Mueller report

Erika Holt
April 18, 2019

The same measure was blocked three times in the Republican-controlled Senate.

At least they're giving the Mueller report a chance.

Did the special counsel intend for the attorney general to make the final determination on obstruction? "If the Mainstream Media were honest, which they are not, this story would be bigger and more important than Watergate".

Mueller announced the completion of his wide-ranging probe into the president's campaign and foreign election meddling late last month. In advance of anyone reading the redacted 400-page report, however, Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the two men who determined that the evidence "wasn't sufficient" to prosecute President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, will be speaking to the press.

Brown says he remains extremely concerned about possible inappropriate contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, citing Trump's past interest in building a Trump Tower in Moscow, and believes the president committed crimes of obstruction to cover up financial interests. Trump has praised Barr's review, claiming it to be a "total and complete exoneration". Even if they find questionable actions and discussions within the Mueller report, their earlier hyperbole raised expectations so high that anything less will be dismissed as hardly worth the bother.

Attorney General Bill Barr has already been widely criticized for his handling the end of the Mueller investigation, creating more questions and controversies than he has resolved.

The Mueller report's Thursday release is expected to shed more light on the Russia investigation's conclusions, as reported by Barr, that the Trump campaign did not improperly collude with Russia, despite multiple attempts by Russian-affiliated individuals to involve the Trump team in computer hacking. House Democrats led by Judiciary chair Jerrold Nadler plan to wait one whole day after the release of the redacted report to subpoena the full version, the Washington Post reports this morning. "I mean, we're talking about pervasive, awful things that were happening".

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Fearing retribution from an angry president, some of those presidential confidants have been reaching out to the Justice Department to see whether they will be named as collaborators in Mr. Mueller's findings. Show us the report, and we can draw our own conclusions.

Thursday's release will be a letdown for both sides, which may just be what we need to finally move on from the special counsel probe as the center of our political attention. "It was condescending, it was arrogant and it wasn't the right thing to do".

Barr said the four categories would be color-coded, so lawmakers and the public would better understand the redactions in the report.

"We don't even know what we found yet in the probe".

Barr, a Trump appointee as the country's top law enforcement official, said last week he believes that top American intelligence agencies spied on the Trump campaign. Although Mueller turned in a proposed budget to the Department of Justice in July 2017, officials declined to make it public, instead committing to releasing reports of the team's expenditures every six months. Barr recently indicated his intention to investigate the origins of Mueller's probe, as well as various counterintelligence decisions made by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department officials, bolstering some of the president's allies who have vowed to expose a "deep state" conspiracy, which claims there is a covert network entrenched inside the government working to undermine Trump.

The president is also expected to travel to Mar-a-Lago for the Easter weekend on Thursday, sources say, and depending on what's revealed, Trump could speak to reporters as he leaves the White House.

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