President Donald Trump has gone from trumpeting special counsel Robert Mueller’s as-yet-unreleased report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, to his old standby of criticizing Mueller as a corrupt prosecutor out to get him.
Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday, House Judiciary Committee member Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) suggested a possible reason for Trump’s change of attitude: he might have advanced warning of what is in the report.
“I’ll tell you, watching the president’s Twitter account, I think he’s just gotten briefed on the rest of the 400-page Mueller report,” said Jayapal. “And that’s why he’s upped all of his, you know, tweets that are trying to criticize Mueller again, because he has been notified that there’s a lot in there.”
Attorney General William Barr initially summarized the report in a 4-page document saying that Mueller did not establish conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and did not make a determination either way on whether the president committed obstruction of justice in the course of the probe. Some members of Mueller’s legal team have reportedly objected to how Barr characterized their report, which will be released to Congress and the public, in highly redacted form, on Thursday.