While much of the news media is once again ramping up the anticipation for this release, regardless of what that report actually says - and it could be very bad factually for the president - it is clear that President Donald Trump is going to emerge victorious in this war.
Mr. Trump is already claiming the report exonerates him, even though Barr's summary cites a part of Mueller's report specifically indicating the report does not exonerate the commander-in-chief. "The crime was committed by the other side".
Instead of releasing Mueller's report and letting it speak for itself, Barr sought to set the preliminary media narrative by releasing an absurdly thin and vague 4-page summary, declaring Trump not guilty of "collusion" and the case on obstruction to effectively be "not proven".
Democrats are calling for Mr. Mueller himself to testify before Congress and have expressed concern that Attorney General William P. Barr will order unnecessary censoring of the report to protect the President.More news: Police Hunt Hitman Who Shot Woman With a Crossbow
The attorney general's comments have frustrated Democrats, already anxious for the release of the full, uncensored report and concerned that Barr may withhold pertinent information.
A redacted version of the report - the extent of the information withdrawn is yet to be seen - is slated for release on Thursday.
Mueller officially concluded his investigation late last month and submitted the confidential report to Barr. "They got asked questions and told the truth", one unnamed official told NBC, "and now they're anxious the wrath will follow". Does he love the Mueller report or despise it? Republicans who were in the House majority past year, obtained documents related to the beginnings of the Russian Federation investigation, arguing that officials were biased against then-candidate Trump. Needless to say, if the "truth" entirely consisted of nothing-to-see-here reminiscences, no one would be anxious about having their name attached to them. President Trump said he has moved on, insisting that the report exonerated him. 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.
According to NBC News, White House aides and former officials fear that the Mueller report will out them as sources of information that would embarrass the president.More news: Apple and Qualcomm Settle Sweeping Patent Suits
"The greatest Scam in political history", he tweeted Tuesday. The likelihood is high that details from the report will keep the White House press office busy for the next several weeks parrying criticisms and that they will make Trump's "the Mueller report was great" victory lap look pretty silly. "There was no anything", Trump told ABC News affiliate KSTP Monday in Minnesota.
But Trump's inner circle knows there will likely be further releases of embarrassing or politically damaging information. "They're going to be looking for anything in there, and certainly I think Thursday's kind of all upside for them because in their estimation anything that doesn't say no collusion, no obstruction is probably - good news". That's objectively true, as Barr noted in congressional testimony last week, as the investigation started as a counter-intelligence operation fueled by a surveillance warrant approved by a FISA court on Carter Page.
Opposition Democrats like Nadler have launched new investigations of Trump, a Republican, but the president is objecting. That probe was prompted by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos' contacts with Russian intermediaries, including a Maltese professor who told the young aide that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of emails.More news: Smith, Warner return for Australia's World Cup tilt
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