President Trump's claim that Robert Mueller's report is a total exoneration is about to be put to the test as what is known about the special counsel's findings swells from four pages to almost 400, undermining the White House's ability to frame the narrative.
The Justice Department said on Monday that it expects to release the redacted version on Thursday morning, sending the findings of the almost two-year probe to Congress and making them available to the public.
Time: 22 months (or 675 days). Former White House counsel Don McGahn is known to have spoken to Mueller for more than 30 hours, the Times noted. "You put hundreds of witnesses under oath and you throw all these subpoenas around - if there's nothing controversial or embarrassing that's disclosed, that would be kind of surprising".
The special counsel's Trump-Russia report will be out on Thursday for all to see.
Barr has faced intense pressure from congressional Democrats who want to see Mueller's entire report.
Indeed, all of Washington will be studying the report.
But the special counsel found there was evidence "on both sides of the question" of whether Trump obstructed justice and that his probe didn't "exonerate" the president, according to Barr's summary. The department has refused to offer any solace.
The report is expected in the morning, igniting a day of study and reaction. There is no inaccuracy in what President Trump said; there is the matter of leaving out the clause where the attorney general said not only did the president or his staff not collude with the Russians, but they turned down several opportunities to do so.
That means that in addition to Mr Trump, members of his family who work at the White House, such as his daughter Ivanka, could potentially be named if they were somehow entangled in Mueller's investigation.
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"He anticipates the end of this just like everyone else", a source with knowledge of the president's thinking said. This Mueller thing is hundreds of pages, and he just sums it up like this?
The Justice Department has been redacting Mueller's report to exclude classified information, grand jury proceedings, material about ongoing investigations and material that would damage the reputation of a private citizen "peripheral" to the investigation.
One Democratic strategist agreed, calling the White House-Barr "rollout" of the report via the attorney general's four-page summary "brilliant". "Just in time for Easter, it will be a insane quilt of colors created to cover up key facts and, nearly more important, break the flow - and diminish the power - of the Mueller Report as written", tweeted Elizabeth de la Vega, who served as a federal prosecutor for more than two decades.
Many Republicans agree, including the top Republican on the intelligence committee, California Rep. Devin Nunes, who wrote a rare joint letter in March with House intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff asking for "all materials, regardless of form or classification".
But while Barr does not have the authority to disclose grand jury material on his own, it can be released by court order.
In his letter, Barr said the special counsel did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates during the campaign.
"The greatest Scam in political history", he tweeted Tuesday. Mueller was the last hope of many in the Democrat "Resistance" who have clutched at every straw imaginable since November 2016, when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton despite every mainstream media outlet giving her 90-plus percent odds of victory.
The president then disassociated himself from any potential crime or wrongdoing, echoing a stance he has been far more consistent in vocalizing - the report is biased and not credible.
"It does make it hard for Democrats to make clear to the public what the president did that did constitute abuse of power".