U.S. President Donald Trump said he believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report should be released to the public, even as he disparaged its very existence as “ridiculous”.
“Let it come out, let people see it,” Mr. Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Wednesday. “Let’s see whether or not it’s legit.” Mr. Mueller is expected to present a report to the Justice Department any day now, outlining the findings of his nearly two-year investigation into Russian election meddling, possible collusion with Trump campaign officials and possible obstruction of justice by Mr. Trump .
Mr. Mueller is required to produce a confidential report that at a minimum explains decisions about who was and was not prosecuted. Attorney-General William Barr is then expected to produce his own report for Congress and has said he wants to make public as much of Mr. Mueller’s findings as he can under the law.
“I just won one of the greatest elections of all time in the history of this country… And now I have somebody writing a report that never got a vote?” Mr. Trump said. The House voted unanimously last week for a resolution calling for any report in Mr. Mueller’s investigation to be made public. It was a symbolic action designed to pressure Mr. Barr into releasing as much information as possible.