Attorney general defends handling of Mueller’s Russian Federation report

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09 April, 2019

Trump launched an attack on the team that produced the Mueller report as he accused them of "leaking" information to the press.

The Department of Justice said in its response to a transparency group's Freedom of Information Act complaint that the court shouldn't "circumvent this orderly process" of Attorney General William Barr's plan to release a redacted version of the report in the coming weeks.

"We're hearing leaks that Barr misrepresented in his so-called summary letter what's in the report, that he sugar coated it, that he made it look more favorable for the president than it was", Nadler said.

Trump, who declared a "complete and total exoneration" when Barr announced Mueller's conclusions, said this week that Democrats "are fighting hard to keep the Witch Hunt alive".

Mueller's probe sought to determine whether Trump or members of his campaign conspired with Russian Federation, which interfered in the 2016 election largely in favor of the president.

When asked if he would object to having the full report released to the public, Giuliani responded that "no Republican is pushing back on full disclosure of the report".

Barr did not meet a demand by Democrats in the US House of Representatives to provide the unredacted report to lawmakers by April 2.

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He told Congress in a letter last week he must redact material that was presented to a grand jury, as required by law, as well as information that could reveal U.S. intelligence agencies' sources and methods.

New York Times correspondent Katie Rogers took issue Sunday with President Donald Trump's latest Twitter attack on the media, pointing out a potential logical flaw in the president's argument.

"This Russia Hoax must never happen to another President, and Law Enforcement must find out, HOW DID IT START?"

"The requests for his private tax information are not consistent with governing law, do not advance any proper legislative objective, and threaten to interfere with the ordinary conduct of audits", Mr Consovoy said.

Unlike previous presidents over recent decades, Mr Trump has refused to make public past tax returns, while retaining ownership in many enterprises, ranging from golf courses and hotels, to Trump Tower in New York City and his Mar-a-Lago private club in Florida.

FILE - White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington.

Mulvaney said Democrats will never see Trump's tax returns, "nor should they".


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