WH Staffers Fear Mueller Report Will Expose Them as Sources

George Danby | BDN
  George Danby | BDN

George Danby | BDN George Danby | BDN

No one other than Barr and key officials in the Justice Department, Mueller and his team of prosecutors appear to know what the report says about the extent of Trump campaign links with Russian Federation during his 2016 campaign or whether he took any actions as the US leader aimed at inhibiting the investigation. White House officials will review the report, brief the president, and then release a statement that will come from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

"Obviously there is a real concern as to whether there is full transparency", Walton said at a Tuesday court hearing in Washington about a request from BuzzFeed News to have the Justice Department release the report quickly under the Freedom of Information Act. 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.

A federal judge on Tuesday said that Attorney General Bill Barr has contributed to public concern about the redactions he plans to make in the report from special counsel Robert Mueller released to the public, according to reports from CNN and Politico. Does he love the Mueller report or despise it? On the other side are millions who disagree with everything Trump does and says and who are appalled at the direction our country has taken. However, contrary toTrump's false claim, Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

But if the release of the Mueller report shakes out as poorly as Trump's team fears it will, the Department of Homeland Security might not be the only wing of the Trump administration to see a purge in April.

The scores of outstanding questions about the investigation have not stopped the president and his allies from declaring victory.

That doesn't make sense to Democrats, who figure they will see either evidence of bad behavior among the 400 pages or redactions so extensive that they can blame Mr. Barr of a cover-up. The president himself seethed at a political rally that the whole thing was an attempt "to tear up the fabric of our great democracy". In the waiting game's final days, the White House continued to try to shape the narrative.

But Trump's inner circle knows there will likely be further releases of embarrassing or politically damaging information.

"They got asked questions and told the truth and now they're anxious the wrath will follow", one former White House official said.

Trump and his allies also continue to attack the origins of the Russian Federation investigation, portraying it as an effort by Democrats and career officials in the Justice Department to bring him down. I was positive, I told them, that Trump would never be the Republican nominee, let alone be elected president. This crime was all made up. "No, I'm talking about people in private life, not public officeholders", Mr Barr said. The warrant was obtained after Page had left the campaign and was renewed several times.

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

The attorney general's comments have frustrated Democrats, already anxious for the release of the full, uncensored report and concerned that Barr may withhold pertinent information. The results of the investigation by Robert Mueller, while providing fodder for news coverage, topics around the "water cooler" and ammunition for both parties to pursue their respective agendas before the American people, actually mean very little to millions of American citizens.

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

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