Comment by Jim Campbell
March 24th, 2019
I have serious concerns that this could play out like a segment from 60 minutes with 98% or more of the findings ending up on the cutting room floor.
We have seen 60 minutes do this in past by changing and individual’s word from a yes to a no.
This group has nothing to lose and every thing to gain by sabotaging the findings.
“The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction.
AG Barr and DAG Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction.
The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States.”
The Washington Examiner
Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees on Sunday briefing them of the “principal conclusions” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
“DOJ has just sent us a very brief letter about the Mueller report, which we will share shortly,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said in a tweet.
Mueller delivered his confidential report to Barr on Friday afternoon, concluding his nearly two-year investigation into President Trump and Russia’s efforts to elect him.
Barr spent the weekend at the Justice Department with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the investigation, analyzing the report and determining how much of it Congress and the American public will get to see.
The attorney general has said he wants to be transparent, though how much of the report will be released depends on the law.
Justice Department guidelines recommend against releasing negative information on people who have not been indicted.
A contentious battle is expected over the report as top Democrats demand the full release of Mueller’s report, while some Republicans want to take transparency a step further, including the release of the scope memo for the Russia investigation and related documents.
Earlier this month, the House voted 420-0 to pass a resolution calling for the release of Mueller’s final report to the public, with four Republicans voting “present.”
The president could also try and assert executive privilege in order to stop the Justice Department from releasing evidence in the investigation, though Trump has so far said he’s fine with the report being released.
Nadler, D-N.Y., said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the Supreme Court has already established that a president could not claim executive privilege to “hide wrongdoing.”
The investigation has lingered over Trump for most of his presidency, ensnaring some of his close advisers.
Mueller indicted 34 people and three Russian companies, including six people close to the president.
Mueller is not recommending any further indictments, a senior Justice Department official said.
As of Sunday morning, neither Trump nor the White House had been briefed on or received a copy of the Mueller report.
Trump left Washington, D.C., on Friday morning for Florida, where he is spending the weekend at his Palm Beach property, Mar-a-Lago, with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron, who turned 13 last week.
Over the course of the weekend Trump was updated about any Russia investigation developments by his lawyers.
On Sunday, in his first tweet since Mueller concluded his investigation, Trump appeared upbeat. “Good Morning, Have A Great Day!” he wrote.
It marked a change, even if momentarily, in how Trump has reacted to Mueller-related news.
The president has often ranted against the “witch hunt” and declared “no collusion” amid developments in the investigation.
At times, he publicly insisted the investigation be shut down.
The president ultimately let Mueller finish the investigation.