Trump Previews His Mueller Report Rebuttal: Hillary Did It


On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr is expected to release a redacted version of Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, a fact that may or may not be putting Donald Trump off his Big Macs. After initially claiming that he was totally in favor of fully releasing the special counsel’s report ( “I have nothing to hide . . . absolutely nothing to hide” ), the president now seems to be having second thoughts about letting the public peruse the nearly 400-page document, rather than the four-page summary in which Barr cleared his boss of obstruction. Anticipating that the full accounting of Mueller’s investigation may include some unflattering details about the Trump campaign’s contacts with various Kremlin operatives, or uncomfortable motives for the president’s friendly behavior toward Vladimir Putin , there is said to be “significant concern” in the White House.

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As such, Rudy Giuliani is circling the wagons. Bloomberg reports that Trump’s legal team has “put together a rebuttal to the chain of events they believe Mueller may describe, and the legal arguments for why they don’t amount to obstruction of justice.” Rather than wait for that to come together, the president appears to be previewing his own rebuttal in the event the report does not show “ Total EXONERATION ” (which we already know it won’t, because it didn’t ): changing the subject to Hillary Clinton , and why she should be investigated for colluding with Russia

What Lassie seems to be referencing here is the fact that U.S. research firm Fusion GPS contracted former British spy Christopher Steele to compile the the dossier that alleged, among other things , collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Steele’s research was initially bankrolled by the Washington Free Beacon, a Republican media firm, with the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign “picking up the tab” after Trump won his party’s nomination. In the president’s fever dreams, this means Clinton colluded with Russia

In addition to attempting to pivot the conversation from what the Mueller report might expose about his conduct to that of his longtime arch-nemesis, Trump continued to argue this morning that Democrats will never be happy with the information they get, ergo maybe they shouldn’t be given anything:

He also doubled down on Barr’s wild suggestion last week that the F.B.I., investigating evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election, “spied” on his campaign—a tragedy that, like 9/11, we must keep in our memories forever:

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