Donald Trump continues to blast the media as his Attorney General (AG) William Barr continues to redact the Mueller report. The AG must be doing a lot of redacting given that he has had two weeks and counting. This is odd, because Special Counsel Robert Mueller had already prepared summaries appropriate for the public consumption at the front of each section of his report. The public is outraged, and Trump is fighting back.
In his morning tweet, the president attacked the Mueller investigative team “Trump Haters & Angry Democrats” even though the team tends to run toward the conservative side. Then, 45 aimed his slingshot at the media, calling them “Fake News,” “corrupt,” and “dishonest:”
‘Looks like Bob Mueller’s team of 13 Trump Haters & Angry Democrats are illegally leaking information to the press while the Fake News Media make up their own stories with or without sources – sources no longer matter to our corrupt & dishonest Mainstream Media, they are a Joke!’
Former top official in President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ) and current member of the liberal watchdog group American Oversight John Bies said, according to The Washington Post:
‘There’s a lot of pressure all pointing in the direction of doing a robust release. We are very hopeful the attorney general will do the right thing here and make everything public that can lawfully be made public. Prosecutors generally take a broad view of what constitutes grand jury information in order to avoid inadvertently disclosing it, but here there’s a strong counterbalancing interest in ensuring that everything that can come out does come out.’
Duke University law professor and former member of the Clinton administration Walter Dellinger said:
‘It’s disturbing there has been no announcement of any effort to ask the presiding judge of the grand jury to clear the material. The amount of legitimate redactions should be quite small. I don’t believe there is any reason to redact any material for the sole reason that it is derived from grand jury proceedings.’
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