As Mueller report release nears, White House prepares robust response

Devin Nunes

Devin Nunes

Mr. Trump has spent recent days trying to soften the ground before Thursday's release, saying what matters is Attorney General William Barr's top-line findings that there was no conspiracy with Russian Federation to subvert the 2016 presidential election and not enough evidence to pursue an obstruction of justice case.

At the hearing, Walton denied BuzzFeed's request for a preliminary injunction requiring Barr to release the report, including all material required to be disclosed under FOIA, by Thursday under FOIA.

While President Donald Trump and the White House are uncertain about what exactly will be revealed in special counsel Robert Mueller's report when Attorney General William Barr clears its release to the public on Thursday, sources say they are preparing an aggressive response. Since there was no Collusion, why was there an Investigation in the first place!

Barr, a Trump appointee as the country's top law enforcement official, said last week he believes that top American intelligence agencies spied on the Trump campaign.

Barr later softened his tone to "I am not saying improper surveillance occurred".

Barr said he would examine the details of how the FBI's counterintelligence investigation began.

"They got asked questions and told the truth, and now they're anxious the wrath will follow", one former White House official said. The House Judiciary Committee is poised to try to compel Mr. Barr to turn over an unredacted copy as well as the report's underlying investigative files. Both "sides" will continue to "spin" the Mueller report in a way that benefits their positions and deflects the other side's argument.

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.

He said Democrats were "free to go to court" themselves, and Mr Nadler said he was ready to do so.

"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".

Nadler said it "may be that Mueller decided not to prosecute obstruction of justice for various reasons that there wasn't proof beyond a reasonable doubt on some things. And we need to see them and the public needs to see them".

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has said Congress must see the full report without redactions.

While the president unleashed his personal grievances, his team seized on any exculpatory information in Barr's letter, hoping to define the conversation in advance, according to White House officials and outside advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss private deliberations. The report could provide new information that could prompt further investigations or even consideration of impeachment proceedings, a tricky political calculation since Mueller did not conclude there was collusion or obstruction. The extent of his redactions is not known.