Trump, White House Aides Rebuff Accounts of Damaging Mueller Report

Minnie Murray
April 9, 2019

FILE - White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington.

Nadler and Democrats say they won't be satisfied with a redacted copy; they want Mueller's full conclusions and his full supporting material.

His four-page overview of Mueller's report dealt a blow to Democrats, who had hoped the special counsel's account of his sweeping probe into the president's campaign and election meddling would bolster their wide-ranging investigations into Trump and his business dealings.

Read the full letter below.

Mueller's probe sought to determine whether Trump or members of his campaign conspired with Russian Federation, which interfered in the 2016 election largely in favor of the president. But Barr's statement in the letter that "most" of Trump's actions that had raised questions about obstruction were "the subject of public reporting" suggested that some actions were not publicly known.

He told Congress in a letter last week he must redact material that was presented to a grand jury, as required by law, as well as information that could reveal USA intelligence agencies' sources and methods.

The public learned about a mysterious grand-jury subpoena fight between Mueller's team and an unknown foreign corporation after a Politico reporter overheard a defense lawyer for the company asking a court clerk for a filing.

"There is nothing wrong with the newspaper, there is something wrong with the prosecutor", Giuliani said. He criticized Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, for comments the New York Democrat made on "Face the Nation" minutes earlier denouncing Barr as a "bias defender" of the president.

"The Department of Justice will continue to defend the long established tradition of protecting grand jury information", said spokesman Kelly Laco.

Recently completed, the report stemmed from a law enforcement and counterintelligence investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Asked if the full report might have evidence that Mr. Trump attempted to obstruct justice, Giuliani said he is "confident there'll be no evidence of anything really bad" because there would've already been leaks to the press if Mueller's team had gathered any.

A 1989 legal opinion written by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) reiterated longstanding agency policy that the attorney general and others could advise the president on when to invoke the privilege, but the only one who can invoke it is the president. I watched them on the Friday night that Mueller delivered his tome to Barr as they prattled on for hours with no information, convinced that something momentous had just happened.

The author of that 30-year-old memo was the head of the OLC at that time: William Barr.

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