Trump: I don't know if I want the Mueller Report to be made public
President Donald Trump, who has boasted endlessly that he is an innocent man and the investigation into him by the Special Counsel's office is the "greatest witch hunt in history," is now saying he's not sure if he wants Mueller's report to be made public.
Trump, listed as "Individual-1" in the filings that haven't been fully released yet, says that is it "up to the attorney general" whether people can see it.
"Totally up to to the attorney general," Trump told CBS's Margaret Brennan."You wouldn't have a problem if it became public?" she asked of the report."That's up to the attorney general. I don't know. It depends. I have no idea what it's going to say," Trump replied, adding that the investigation has been a "total witch hunt."
Keep in mind: Trump fired Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department, making Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker possible. This person has said on the record that he too thinks Mueller's report is biased against Trump, so it's not a hard guess what he would do with the report.
Trump's nominee to take over permanently at the department, William Barr, also hasn't instilled much confidence that he would release the report. His nomination is currently being upheld by the Senate, who have delayed making a decision on him for this exact reason. The vote is now expected to take place on Feb. 7.
Barr said he would try to release as much detail as possible but that the Justice Department has a policy to avoid publishing derogatory information about people who aren't being charged criminally. That means he could squash the report if Trump isn't.
“We're both lawyers, and we know there are weasel words that can be put into sentences,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. "The question of what transparency is consistent with the law is a ginormous loophole in his transparency pledge."
Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Barr's claims were too broad:
“This memo is of serious concern to me and appears to be seminal to his appointment,” she said. “If this were applied, there would be little check on the president’s actions.”