Perhaps the biggest political risk for Trump is the special counsel's supporting evidence behind Mueller's assertion that while the report does not conclude the Republican president committed the crime of obstruction of justice it "also does not exonerate him" on that point. The news comes despite mounting calls from Democrats to first release the report to Congress without redactions. In advance of that, President Donald Trump has continued tweeting.
On "Outnumbered" Monday, Capri Cafaro said she expects some Democrats and Trump adversaries to claim that the redacted portions of the report are "hiding" potential evidence of Trump-Russia collusion or obstruction of justice.
Ticklethewire.com will provide details of the report once it becomes public. Early last week Attorney General William Barr promised it would be available within a week, leading many to speculate it would have been out this past Friday or today at the latest.
But Mueller did not reach a definitive conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. "And we need to see them and the public needs to see them".
Barr, a Trump appointee, has pledged to be as transparent as possible.
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The investigation cleared him and his aides of collusion, making no determination on whether they had tried to obstruct justice. Trump has maintained since the Mueller probe was launched in May 2017 that he was the target of an "illegal witch hunt".
"I have said, and I'll say again, 'No thank you, Mr. Attorney General". He's said the redacted material will be color-coded to indicate whether it involves classified material, grand jury information or damage to the reputation of a private citizen "peripheral" to the investigation. "The sooner they can give us the information, the sooner we can all make a judgment about it".
Barr stepped on his own announcement that the redacted report would likely be out some day this week when he told a Senate committee he believes the Department of Justice, under the previous administration, spied on Donald Trump's campaign.
Since the report was submitted to Barr, Democrats have sought to have it released and also criticized Barr for issuing an opinion so quickly after the release based on the size of the report.
"As I have made clear, Congress requires the full and complete special counsel report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence", Nadler said in a statement this month.