"I have not read the Mueller Report yet, even though I have every right to do so", Trump wrote on Twitter. Trump has claimed the report totally exonerates him, "no collusion, no obstruction, no nothing".
The statement Thursday came as Barr confronts concerns that his four-page letter summarizing Mueller's conclusions unduly sanitized the full report in President Donald Trump's favor, including on the key question of whether the president obstructed justice.
Suspicions are deep among Democrats that Barr took advantage of his position to clear Trump and now wants to keep the most damaging parts of the report secret to protect the White House. It also said that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him".
Trump appeared to be reacting to last week's reports in The New York Times and Washington Post that members of Mueller's team are frustrated with the way Attorney General William Barr portrayed the findings of their investigation.
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told Fox News that Democrats "really did believe" that Mueller would conclude that Trump had colluded with Russian Federation, saying, "The Democrat Party is contaminated with Trump Derangement Syndrome".
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Legal experts say he has wide discretion to determine what should not be revealed, meaning the fight over blacked-out boxes is likely to spawn months of fights between Congress and the Justice Department, and it may end up in the courts.
"There's a lot of pressure all pointing in the direction of doing a robust release, said John Bies, who held senior roles in the Justice Department during the Obama administration and now works at American Oversight, a liberal watchdog group". "And it's not up to the attorney general to decide with respect to that or with respect to other material that he decides Congress can't see". 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.
"What I can tell you is that people inside the White House are less on a victory tour than they were a couple weeks ago, and they're waiting for what this thing says", the reporter continued. "This Russia Hoax must never happen to another President, and Law Enforcement must find out, HOW DID IT START?"
Barr is now expected to release the entire report, with redactions, by mid-April. The Department of Justice will continue to defend the long-established tradition of protecting grand jury information, " Laco said. In that letter, Barr, who consulted with deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over the Mueller report's conclusions, declined to pursue charges against the president or his allies for "obstruction".