Trump Aides Worry Mueller Report Will Expose Them as 'Leaks'

Attorney General William Barr

Jerrold Nadler, has said he is prepared to issue subpoenas "very quickly" for the full report on Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign if it is released with blacked-out sections. "[But] the mainstream narrative of the Mueller report has already congealed". "The crime was committed by the other side".

Attorney General William Barr released a four-page summary of Mueller's findings three weeks ago, saying the prosecutor had concluded that Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to help him win but had reached no conclusion whether Trump obstructed justice.

"In the absence of a bombshell piece of news showing up in the redacted report, the political science would suggest more of what we have seen so far: Democrats will continue to perceive all sorts of malfeasance [and] Republicans will continue to avoid seeing it that way", Hetherington said.

The White House is bracing for the public's first glimpse at some of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's findings, but it likely would take a bombshell to alter President Donald Trump's approach to campaigning for a second term.

Nadler noted that Barr, before he became the country's top law enforcement official, wrote that Trump could not obstruct justice because the president "is the boss of the Justice Department and could order it around to institute an investigation, to eliminate an investigation or could not be questioned about that". "They got asked questions and told the truth", one unnamed official told NBC, "and now they're anxious the wrath will follow".

"We have very smart people who will be reading it", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said Tuesday in a CNN interview. "Just in time for Easter, it will be a insane quilt of colors created to cover up key facts and, nearly more important, break the flow - and diminish the power - of the Mueller Report as written", tweeted Elizabeth de la Vega, who served as a federal prosecutor for more than two decades.

Congressional Democrats cited precedent from previous investigations in saying they wanted to see it all. The president himself seethed at a political rally that the whole thing was an attempt "to tear up the fabric of our great democracy". Both Mueller and Rosenstein have been targets of Trump's wrath and have been the subjects of Democratic bills to protect them from being fired by the president.

Mr. Trump's staunchest allies in Congress have already been pushing that message since Barr's summary - if not sooner - and some are calling for the Justice Department to investigate the origins of the Mueller report. 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.

"And there can't be anything there, because there was no crime, there was no anything", Trump told the ABC affiliate station. However, it now appears far more likely that Trump is going to win this battle not because the facts warrant it, but rather because Barr has done a highly contrived and seemingly masterful job of releasing the report in the least damaging fashion imaginable. "The reason for this is because Republicans and Democrats in the electorate hate the other side so much".

His long-asserted accusation - though not supported by evidence - that his campaign was spied upon was given new life last week when Barr, testifying before Congress, said he thinks "spying did occur" in 2016.

The Russia probe began on July 31, 2016, when the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the presidential campaign and whether anyone on the Trump campaign was involved.

Opposition Democrats like Nadler have launched new investigations of Trump, a Republican, but the president is objecting.

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