WASHINGTON (AP) - The president isnâ€™t waiting. As Washington counts down the final hours until publication of the redacted special counsel report - now expected Thursday - Donald Trump stepped up his attacks in an effort to undermine potential disclosures on Russia, his 2016 campaign and the aftermath.
He unleashed a series of tweets Monday focusing on the previously released summary of special counsel Robert Muellerâ€™s conclusions - including a crucial one on obstruction of justice that Trump again misrepresented - produced by Attorney General William Barr.
â€śMueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction,â€ť Trump tweeted. â€śThese were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!â€ť
Press secretary Sarah Sanders repeatedly tried to make the same case on TV talk shows on Sunday. But the political battle is far from finished over the special counselâ€™s investigation of Russian efforts to help Trump in 2016 and whether there was cooperation with his campaign.
Democrats are calling for Mueller himself to testify before Congress and have expressed concern that Barr will order unnecessary censoring of the report to protect the president. The House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, is poised to try to compel Barr to turn over an unredacted copy as well as the reportâ€™s underlying investigative files.
The Justice Department announced Monday that it expects to release the redacted version Thursday morning, sending the findings of the nearly two-year probe to Congress and making them available to the public.
Mueller officially concluded his investigation late last month and submitted the confidential report to Barr.