"I think it's sort of, you know, sowing confusion, and you know, trying to undermine what might come out as soon as next week, the redacted version of the Mueller report".
Although Mueller was clear that there was no collusion between the president's 2016 campaign team and Russian officials, he left the question of whether the president obstructed Mueller's investigation open to the Attorney General's interpretation.
"Our party is just calling for two very simple things: we want him to release his taxes, like every president has going back to President Reagan, and we want the Mueller report to become public", the California Democrat said on CNN's "Newsroom". The panel ruled that judges may not carve out new exceptions to the current grand jury secrecy rules, though it also affirmed that grand jury material can be shared with the House of Representatives under an exception that dates to 1974 and a ruling by US District Judge John J. Sirica during the investigation of President Richard Nixon. "Only know the conclusions, and on the big one, No Collusion."U.S. Attorney General William Barr has said he plans to make public a redacted copy of the almost 400-page investigative report into Russian interference in the 2016 election by the middle of this month, if not sooner".
"In order to ask Special Counsel Mueller the right questions, the Committee must receive the Special Counsel's full report and hear from Attorney General Barr about that report on May 2".
Mueller's full report will, according to Barr, be released sometime in mid-April, after the DOJ and others have had a chance to read and redact the report to protect classified and confidential information from leaking to the press and public.
In October, the special counsel's office released a statement revealing it had asked the FBI to investigate a GOP scheme to discredit Mueller using false allegations of sexual misconduct.
The meeting included a discussion about a proposal to resolve the conflict in Ukraine in terms favourable to the Kremlin, an issue that has damaged Russia's relations with the West. Prosecutors also said Manafort shared Trump campaign polling data with Kilimnik, although the significance of that act remains unclear.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is determined to make the whole Mueller report public because of the damage he believes it will cause Trump.
The Republican congressman continued in the letter to call Nadler's conflation of former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton's independent counsel investigations to Special Counsel Mueller's probe as "irresponsible and impudent".
Another focus is whether Mueller will disclose anything from his inquiries into Middle Eastern efforts to influence Trump. Mueller's prosecutors always declined to comment.
Barr has said he is working with Mueller's team to see how much of the report can be made public. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.
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