Trump, White House Aides Rebuff Accounts of Damaging Mueller Report


Barr is working with Rosenstein, Mueller, and their key aides to produce an edited version of the report.

And last Thursday, committee chairman Jerry Nadler demanded Mr Barr turn over all communications between his office and Mr Mueller's, following the reports that Mr Mueller's staff were unhappy with the way Mr Barr presented their conclusions.

"Although the President would have the right to assert privilege over certain parts of the report, " Barr wrote, "he has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me, and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review".

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.

Yet Barr also conceded that Mueller did compile evidence of obstruction, and quoted the special counsel as saying that "while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him". Mueller wrote, however, that he could not exonerate the president on that question. Free from the investigation that clouded 85 percent of his term and fueled his political opponents in the media and Congress, President Trump is enjoying a rare, somewhat manufactured moment of political vindication.

Then a Washington corporate attorney - but without knowledge of the internal work of the Russian Federation probe - Mr Barr declared that "Mueller's obstruction theory is fatally misconceived" and based on "a novel and legally unsupportable reading of the law".

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.

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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 US intelligence agencies' sources and methods.

Democrats have rejected the notion that Barr, who sent an unsolicited memo to the White House before he was hired arguing a President can not obstruct justice if there's no underlying crime, should be able to decide whether Mueller's evidence spells obstruction.

Another focus is whether Mueller will disclose anything from his inquiries into Middle Eastern efforts to influence Trump.

Collins asked Nadler, who leads the Democratic majority that has the power to convene hearings, to invite Mueller to appear during the week of April 22.

A lawyer for Nader did not respond to a request for comment.

Barr has said he is working with Mueller's team to see how much of the report can be made public.