It has been making the media rounds for the past few days, but in new reporting by Axios, it has now been revealed that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer has admitted to reviewing Robert Mueller’s report, prior to its release.
Per the reporting, Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow said that he first had privilege to the report on Tuesday afternoon, then again on Wednesday. Mind you, this is an unprecedented special privilege; the mere fact that Trump’s attorney had the time to casually browse the report before members of Congress even received a copy.
This news comes as Attorney General William Barr faced the nation this morning for a press conference on the final report, turned over by the special counsel. During the conference, Barr confirmed that the Department of Justice had briefed the White House on the report and stated that the report found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Trump’s team of attorneys, consisting of Sekulow and Jane and Martin Raskin, a couple Trump met at Mar-a-Lago. all met with the DOJ earlier this week to review the 400-page-plus final report.
Astoundingly during the press conference, Barr stated that Robert Mueller’s team examined “10 episodes” of “possible obstruction of justice,” but insisted that he and his boss, Rod Rosenstein, did “not agree with Mueller’s legal theories” and therefore decided to clear the president of the charge.
‘Although the Deputy Attorney General and I disagreed with some of the Special Counsel’s legal theories and felt that some of the episodes examined did not amount to obstruction as a matter of law, we did not rely solely on that in making our decision.’
The full, redacted report is now available to the public on the Department of Justice website. You can view the entire PDF file here.
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