US President Donald Trump says he has not read the Mueller report

Posted April 09, 2019

US Attorney General William Barr has said he plans to make public a redacted copy of the almost 400-page investigative report into Russian interference in the 2016 election by the middle of this month, if not sooner.

Every page of Mueller's report contains a warning that it might contain confidential material, so Barr decided first to release the report's main findings as quickly as possible, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.

"There is simply no reason for this Court to allow Plaintiff to circumvent this orderly process".

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler speaks as he passes a resolution to subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller's full report.

One of the many investigations targeting Mr Trump on Capitol Hill and in the USA court system, the House Democrat's probe into the president's tax returns could pull back the curtain on his business empire and his reputation as a savvy dealmaker.

President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that he's upset with the media for reporting on leaks from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team that Attorney General William Barr failed to properly summarize the contents of the highly anticipated inquiry.

"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 and dishonest Mainstream Media, they are a Joke!"

A lawyer for President Trump has blasted US House Democrats' request for six years of Mr Trump's tax returns as "a misguided attempt" to politicise the tax laws, accusing them of harassment and interference in IRS audits. He criticized Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, for comments the New York Democrat made on "Face the Nation" minutes earlier denouncing Barr as a "bias defender" of the president.

The New York Times and the Washington Post reported that some investigators were unhappy with the way Barr had described their findings, in a sign of tensions between some members of Mueller's team and administration officials overseeing the report's release.

Barr has said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined that Mueller's evidence was insufficient to support an obstruction allegation. He is reviewing the report to determine whether grand jury and classified information has to be withheld. The Barr summary said Mueller did not establish that the Trump campaign conspired with Russian Federation but also did not exonerate the president on obstruction of justice.