Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday stated that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation wasn’t designed to exonerate President Donald Trump.
“That is not what these documents do,” Mulvaney answered to the question why Trump claims that he is exonerated from obstruction charges when the report clearly says it does not exonerate him.
“When you do an investigation like this, there’s typically two outcomes: Either criminal indictments come down, or it just quietly goes away,” he continued. “These types of investigations are not designed to exonerate.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney General William Barr plans to make public a redacted copy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly 400-page investigative report into Russian interference in the 2016 election by mid-April, “if not sooner,” he said in a letter to lawmakers on Friday, Reuters reported.
“Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own,” Barr wrote in the letter to the top Democrats and Republicans on the Senate and House Judiciary committees. He said he was willing to appear before both committees to testify about Mueller’s report on May 1 and May 2.
On March 22, Mueller completed his 22-month probe and Barr on Sunday sent a four-page letter to Congress that outlined the main findings. Barr told lawmakers that the investigation did not establish that members of the election campaign of President Donald Trump conspired with Russia.
Speaking to reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday Trump said he had “great confidence” in Barr.
Asked whether he agreed with Barr’s decision to release the Mueller report to the public, Trump said, “If that’s what he’d like to do I have nothing to hide. This was a hoax. This was a witch hunt.”
Congressional Democrats are pressing for a quick release of the entire Mueller report.
“We need to see the Mueller report ASAP, with only those redactions that are absolutely necessary to protect intelligence sources and methods. Congress and the American people need the full story about what happened in 2016,” said Senator Mark Warner, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.