Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Redacted Mueller report out this week

Redacted Mueller report out this week

Washington is expecting that Attorney General William Barr could disclose the report on Monday or Tuesday, much-awaited details from Mueller's 22-month investigation of Donald Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe.

U.S. President Donald Trump questioned Saturday whether Congressional Democrats should have access to a redacted version of the Mueller report that cleared him of conspiring to collude with Russian Federation during the 2016 election. People close to him said he raised the policy proposal - to send detained immigrants to sanctuary cities as a way to target his political rivals - in part to shift focus off of the report's release. Mr. Barr also said he believed the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign - but clarified the question is whether it was merited or not.

Two days later, Barr released a four-page summary of the "key findings".

In the synopsis, Barr wrote that he and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein examined the evidence and determined that they would not be able to make a case for obstruction.

Nadler said that even though Barr concluded no obstruction charges should be brought against Trump, his decision should not go without review.

The president's latest comments come days after he called the probe an attempted "coup", while Barr promised to investigate FBI "spying" on Trump. "And that's for Congress to judge whether the president obstructed justice or not, and the public ultimately".

"The fact of the matter is, we should see and judge for ourselves".

The report states Democrats are furious with the GOP lawmaker who ran interference for the president when Republicans controlled the House.

Rosenstein on Friday defended Barr's handling of the process, saying the attorney general was "being as forthcoming as he can". He was referring to Hillary Clinton, his 2016 opponent, and the Democratic National Committee, which supported her candidacy.

In order to distract from unanswered questions about Mueller's report, Trump reportedly revived a proposal which was previously been rejected by his own administration to release immigrant detainees in so-called sanctuary cities, sources close to the president told the Times.

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