Release of Mueller Russia Report on 2016 US Election Appears Imminent

Geraldine Edwards
April 16, 2019

"Answer - Dirty Cops, Dems and Crooked Hillary!"

Word the Mueller report's release was imminent last week sent President Trump into orbit, declaring during a White House lawn pop-up presser that Mueller's investigation was "illegal", "treasonous" and an attempted coup. Barr provided a four-page letter to Congress two days later that detailed Mueller's "principal conclusions".

The release of the 400-page report will come more than three weeks after Attorney General Bill Barr's controversial summary allowed Trump to declare it "a complete and total exoneration" of him after almost two years of investigation.

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Bob Casey, D-Pa., said he doesn't have high hopes for what will be made available either to the public or to Congress but is keeping his fingers crossed he is wrong.

Barr sparked further controversy in testimony before a Senate panel when he confirmed he was starting his own inquiries into counterintelligence decisions that may have involved "spying" on Trump's 2016 campaign.

Democrats immediately called for Mueller to testify and for his report to be released.

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Since Barr's initial summary Trump and the White House have been pushing the view that the probe was unwarranted from the beginning, comprised biased investigators and involved allegedly illegal spying on his campaign by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Barr said in a letter earlier this month that he is scrubbing the report to avoid disclosing any grand jury information or classified material, in addition to portions of the report that pertain to ongoing investigations or that "would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties". "That is, never forget, the crime", the president tweeted. He also was present at a Trump Tower meeting in August 2016, three months before the election, at which an Israeli social media specialist spoke with the president's son, Donald Trump Jr, about how his firm Psy-Group, which employed several former Israeli intelligence officers, could help the Trump campaign, according to the New York Times. Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, admitted to lying to Congress about the project to provide cover because Trump on the campaign trail had denied any dealings with Russian Federation.

Mueller's 400-page report most likely lays out the factual findings and legal analysis of the investigation, which resulted in numerous convictions. That makes it unclear if any findings related to the Middle East will appear in the report.

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