US President Donald Trump sees the verdict on the Mueller Report as a complete relief. But the conclusions of his Justice Minister William Barr are partially wrong, claim employees who have contributed to the report on the Russia affair.
For Donald Trump, the matter was clear from the outset: after Justice Minister William Barr had reduced the 400-page report by Special Investigator Robert Mueller on the so-called Russia affair to what he saw as the most important conclusions, the US President saw himself finally and completely exonerated.
On four pages Barr noted that Mueller sees it as proof that Russia tried to influence the 2016 presidential election. However, according to the summary, the ex-FBI chief did not find any evidence of actual cooperation with Trump or on collusion.
US President Trump sees himself fully exonerated
The opposition Democrats must decide whether they want to continue with their “ridiculous sh***” and partisan investigations, or whether they want to apologize to the Americans, the president ranted at the first campaign meeting after the report was presented.
However, consistent US media reports throw a different light on the matter. As reported by the New York Times and the Washington Post shortly thereafter, several Mueller employees are of the opinion that Barr’s summary of the report does not reflect the facts the investigators found out.
Barr, appointed Minister of Justice by Trump only in the midst of Mueller’s investigations, is however assumed to have tried to gain control of the public discourse with his rash summary.
The results are, therefore “much more acute” for Trump, an anonymous employee in the Washington Post quoted. “There was immediate displeasure from the team when they saw how the attorney general had characterized their work, said the source.
The US President responded via Twitter as usual: He alleged that the “New York Times” invented the sources.
In addition, Trump claimed on Twitter that this was the highest level of harassment for a president in the country.
The Minister of Justice will publish the full Mueller report in mid-April. Sensitive passages of the document would have to be blacked out, as far as legal or security-related issues are concerned. For example, those passages that could uncover “investigators’ sensitive sources and methods,” Barr wrote.
Equally blackened would be passages that deal with events that are currently the subject of further investigations or court hearings. The White House and the President played no part in the processing of the report.