Trump Slams Democrats, 'Dirty Cops' Ahead of Mueller Report Release

Dana Milbank It’s the season for treason according to Trump

Dana Milbank | The Washington Post

About 6 in 10 continue to believe the president obstructed justice.

Preet Bharara, the former attorney for the Southern District of NY, said Attorney General William Barr wrote his four-page summary of Robert Mueller's findings specifically for President Donald Trump.

At the same time, the poll indicates that Americans are mostly unhappy with the amount of information that has been released so far. Barr's report did nothing but confirm whatever we already thought of Mueller's investigation; Trump and his supporters latched onto the Trump was not found to have "conspired or coordinated with the Russian government" bit, while others focused more on the this report "does not exonerate" him from crimes part.

"And there can't be anything there, because there was no crime, there was no anything", Trump told the ABC affiliate station. "Any aspect of that report, I hope it does come out because there was no collusion, whatsoever, no collusion". Two days later, the attorney general sent Congress a four-page letter that detailed Mueller's "principal conclusions". After all, Mueller is the prosecutor in this investigation, not Barr.

The poll shows 35% of Americans think that Trump did something illegal related to Russian Federation - largely unchanged since the earlier poll.

"There was no obstruction, which I don't know how you can interpret that any other way than total exoneration", press secretary Sanders said on "Fox News Sunday".

The same goes for a 140-page response report the White House and Trump's personal lawyers are trying to trim to about 50 pages, experts said.

Still, the poll suggests Barr's summary helped allay some lingering doubts within the GOP.

Since the special counsel's office closed its investigation late last month, Barr and his team at the Justice Department have been reviewing the almost 400-page final report to determine how much of it can be made public. As of Tuesday afternoon, Trump aides said there were no plans for a "war room" or some other rapid-reaction team.

"It's like beating a dead horse", Sebring said. Said one unnamed source in the Post's report: "It was much more acute than Barr suggested". The growing confidence since March was driven by Republicans: Three-quarters now say they are at least moderately confident in the probe, and 38% are very or extremely confident, up from 46% and 18%, respectively, in March. "It may have been premature" and later reported that "some Trump allies are concerned that the president was too quick to declare complete triumph and they're pushing the White House to launch a pre-emptive attack".

"Unless Attorney General William Barr walks arm-in-arm [to a judge] with Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to say that there is a need for this material in connection with an impeachment proceeding, it's not going to be released", said Robert Ray, who succeeded Ken Starr as head of the independent counsel investigation into former President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s. The House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, is poised to try to compel Barr to turn over an unredacted copy as well as the report's underlying investigative files. Even with the grand jury testimony redacted, Mueller's investigative report may include a lot of details on Trump campaign activities that may not rise to the level of criminality but were far less than virtuous. They have zeroed in on Mueller's decision to punt on whether Trump had obstructed justice, which Barr claimed "leaves it to the attorney general to determine". "That is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know".

Congress could see the sections of the report that fall into this classified information category, even if the public doesn't.

Barr has resisted requests from Democrats that he provide a copy of Mueller's entire report without redactions to Congress, arguing he can not legally release evidence collected by the grand jury. Seventy-four percent of Republicans said it clears Trump of "any wrongdoing", while just 8 percent of Democrats responded that way.

Mr. Barr has promised to work with Congress on revealing classified information but has resisted demands to break grand jury secrecy.

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