Global

President Trump Takes Aim At Mueller AGAIN As Report Release Draws Near

President Trump Takes Aim At Mueller AGAIN As Report Release Draws Near

More than two weeks after Robert Mueller, the special counsel conducting the Russian Federation inquiry, handed his final report to Barr, there is no sign of any let-up in Democratic demands.

In another tweet, Trump called the report "a total waste of time".

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. The attorney general and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, looked at the obstruction evidence and determined it did not rise to the level of a crime, Barr wrote.

"Given the extraordinary public interest in the matter, the Attorney General chose to release the report's bottom-line findings and his conclusions immediately - without attempting to summarize the report - with the understanding that the report itself would be released after the redaction process", the Justice Department statement said.

But, in an interview with CBS News' Margaret Brennan, Giuliani stopped short of saying there would be no evidence of obstruction of justice in the report, a question that Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary of the expansive document left open.

Ultimately, the president posted a New York Post article encouraging Democrats to "give up" - a clear shot across the bow of Democratic-led House committees now ramping up their own investigations of the president, his family, and his businesses.

Congressional Democrats have indicated they will fight those redactions in court if the subpoena is ignored.

More news: Watch The 4 Best ‘SNL’ Skits From Last Night

Additional media reports following the release of the Mueller findings detail that the team assembled to create it are dissatisfied with how Barr has described their conclusions. "This tells me they don't have anything, because if they were malicious enough to do that and they had a smoking gun, they wouldn't say in general it's very damaging".

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to say whether this means there will be no claims of executive privilege invoked over any part of Mueller's report or whether Barr might, at some point, advise Trump to invoke the privilege over some sections, or whether Barr might do so unilaterally.

The Kremlin has consistently denied any involvement in the 2016 United States presidential elections. He is reviewing the report to determine whether grand jury and classified information has to be withheld.

Many Democrats and legal observers see Barr as an improper actor in the handling of the Mueller report.

In an odd stroke of timing, the federal appeals court in Washington issued a ruling Friday in an unrelated case that buttresses the argument for keeping a close hold on grand jury information.

"I [have] know [n] Bill Barr for many, many years", Giuliani added.