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Trump is not going to get to see the Mueller report before Congress does: report

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On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Attorney General William Barr is preparing to release the entirety of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election to Congress and to the public.

But perhaps more significantly, according to the report, the Justice Department does not plan to hand over the report to the White House before it is released to lawmakers:

Attorney General William Barr released a four-page summary of the Mueller report to lawmakers on Sunday. He has been working with members of Mr. Mueller’s team to determine what further information he can release, based on the law and the Justice Department protocol.

The official said there were no plans to show the White House the report ahead of its release to Congress.

Barr’s summary of the Mueller investigation stated that Mueller did not find evidence that President Donald Trump or anyone on his campaign deliberately conspired with the Russian government, and did not make a determination either way on whether the president obstructed justice in the course of the investigation.

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Trump and his allies have hailed this as an exoneration, but in fact it is not, and without Congress and the public seeing the full report, a broader conclusion cannot be reached.

Trump, for his part, has stated that he is fine with the report being released to the public, but it is unclear exactly how much of it Barr plans to disclose. At the very least, he is likely to try to withhold secret grand jury information, as is typical protocol for prosecutors.

House Democrats have given the Justice Department a week to deliver the full report, and have threatened to subpoena information they suspect is being withheld from them. They plan to call Barr to testify, and may call Mueller himself.

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Congress should ask Mueller these specific questions about Trump’s involvement with Russia: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Never-Trump columnist Jennifer Rubin outlined the essential questions that Democrats should ask special counsel Robert Mueller in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

"Rather than engage in the normal scattershot questioning punctuated by speechifying, the House Judiciary Committee should assign its able attorney Norman Eisen to conduct the questioning," proposed Rubin. "Members could then follow up with additional questions.'

One question she proposed asking: "Mr. Mueller, the attorney general said you did not find 'collusion.' However, you did not look for collusion. Please explain what you looked for and how that differs from [Attorney General William] Barr’s assertion that you essentially cleared President Trump of collusion?"

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‘Is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade’: Trump once ‘joked’ John Bolton wants ‘to nuke them all’

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Even President Donald Trump recognizes that John Bolton is a war-loving hawk, Axios reported Sunday.

In a conversation that included the Irish prime minister, Trump asked Bolton, "John, is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade?"

The scene was during the annual St. Patrick's Day visit. Typically it's a photo-op, a handshake, and men in green ties with a shamrock sprig in their jacket pocket. Trump managed to turn it into an awkward scene for everyone.

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Mueller probably won’t be giving new information — here’s why that can still sink Trump

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will appear in Congress this week to testify for two hours about the report he authored on the case of Russian collusion.

The hearing is set for Wednesday, though Mueller has said that he won't have any additional information other than what is in his report. A Washington Post report used examples of past Mueller testimony to outline what can be anticipated. The reality, however, is that regardless of whether Mueller sticks to the report or not, he'll deliver enough to put the president in a difficult situation.

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