President Trump has just revealed that he believes that the Mueller report should be made public. Which indicates that the president is confident that the investigation will wrap up without finding any clear evidence of collusion between his 2016 campaign and the Russian government.
Trump made that statement while speaking to the media as he was headed for Ohio. While he said he felt the results of the Mueller probe should be made public, the president continued to tear into the investigation into Russian intervention in the 2016 election by calling it “ridiculous” and that it was being conducted by a “nobody.” However, he said he wants to see its findings nonetheless.
According to Fox News, Trump’s comments come less than a week after the House passed a resolution to encourage Attorney General William Barr to release the report’s findings to both Congress and the country amid fears that information about the investigation would not be made public. The resolution enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support and passed in a floor vote 420-0, with only four Republicans voting present.
Following that resolution, Trump sent out an angry tweet, calling the Mueller investigation “illegal” and that “Russian Collusion was nothing more than an excuse by the Democrats for losing an Election that they thought they were going to win.”
Mueller Investigation Close to Concluding
Many believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is very close to concluding and that his report is imminent. Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, as well as the White House, are planning for any number of outcomes.
The latest signal that the investigation could be coming to a close is the expected departure of top prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who led the charge on the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. As of this week, Manafort will face 81 months in prison.
Trump’s apparent change of heart on making the results of the investigation public, send a pretty clear signal that the report will indicate what he has been saying all along, that there is no clear evidence of a conspiracy between Russia and his 2016 campaign. According to anonymous White House sources, Trump and his advisers are already considering how to use those possible findings in the president’s favor for the 2020 race.
In any case, and no matter what the report holds, it is still ultimately up to newly appointed attorney general, William Barr to decide what if any part of the findings are made public.