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Haters gonna hate: Trump dismisses Mueller report with Game of Thrones touch

After nearly two years of waiting, America will get some answers straight from Robert Mueller. The Justice Department has released a redacted version of the special counsel’s report on Russian election interference and Donald Trump’s campaign.

Even the planned release of the nearly 400-page report quickly spiraled into a political battle on Wednesday over whether Attorney General William Barr was attempting to shield the president, who appointed him and altered the report’s findings before the American people could read it.

Barr offered strong support to President Trump ahead of releasing the Mueller report, saying that investigators “found no collusion” with Russia and taking it upon himself to clear the president of obstruction of justice.

Trump did not even wait for the report to be released to begin responding aggressively, lashing out with a barrage of tweets denouncing the investigation. He posted a takeoff of “Game of Thrones” on Twitter that said, “For the haters and Radical Left Democrats: Game over.”

In another tweet, President Trump shared a video of him saying, “No Collusion – No Obstruction! over and over again in his many speeches.

Attorney Barr said during a news conference that he gave Trump’s lawyers advance access this week to Mueller’s report before it was to be sent to Congress and made public. Trump’s lawyers did not ask for any redactions.

Attorney Barr held a news conference on Thursday to provide his account of how he handled Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Lawyers – personal and in the White House – were able to review the redacted copy – which Barr said is consistent with precedent.

After that review, Trump opted not to use his executive privilege to keep any portions of the report secret, Barr said.

Following that review, the president confirmed that, in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the American people, he would not assert privilege over the Special Counsel’s report.

The president’s personal lawyers were not permitted to request any redactions, Barr said.

Source: indiatoday.in

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