And yet Trump is now claiming total vindication.
Courtesy of NYT:
The still-secret report on Russian interference in the 2016 election submitted last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was more than 300 pages long, the Justice Department acknowledged on Thursday.
Mr. Barr wrote to Congress on Sunday offering what he called the “principal conclusions” of the report — including that Mr. Mueller had not found that the Trump campaign had taken part in a conspiracy to undermine the election. But he had notably declined to publicly disclose its length.
The total of 300-plus pages suggests that Mr. Mueller went well beyond the kind of bare-bones summary required by the Justice Department regulation governing his appointment and detailed his conclusions at length. And it raises questions about what Mr. Barr might have left out of the four dense pages he sent to Congress.
Answering those questions is likely to prove difficult for lawmakers and the public. Mr. Barr has indicated to two congressional chairmen that it will most likely take weeks to redact the report for classified and grand jury information the department deems unfit for public consumption.
This demonstrates how little we know about what it is in that report which makes calling Mueller before Congress and subpoenaing his records imperative.
For his part, Trump is in the middle of his victory lap and openly remarking that if Bill Barr had been his Attorney General all along the Mueller investigation would never have happened.
Trump claims Mueller probe “would not have happened” if Barr had always been AG pic.twitter.com/zia5R8zQbs
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) March 28, 2019
Courtesy of TPM:
During an interview with his best friend Sean Hannity on Wednesday evening, President Trump swiped at his former Attorney General Jeff Sessions by claiming the special counsel’s report “would not have happened” if William Barr had always been attorney general.
“I will say this, our new attorney general, Bill Barr, is a great gentleman,” he told Hannity during a call-in to his Fox News show. “I’ve heard about him for years. He’s a great man. Had he been there initially, this all would not have happened because what has gone on there is just a disgrace to our country.”
Earlier Trump was upset that he did not have an Attorney General in place to make all of this go away, and now he feels that he does and that it will.
It is really up to us Democrats to make sure that does not happen.