If Special Counsel Robert Mueller thought he was safe from the president's Twitter-based criticism now that he's turned in his report to the Department of Justice, he's in for a rude awakening.
The key finding, Trump pointed out, was no evidence of collusion or obstruction and he labelled the entire enterprise as a "total waste of time." . But Barr said he concluded there was not enough evidence to show that Trump committed the crime of obstruction.
US Attorney-General William Barr has said he plans to make public a redacted copy of the almost 400-page investigative report into Russian interference in the 2016 election by the middle of this month, if not sooner.
"Given the extraordinary public interest in the matter, the Attorney General made a decision to release the report's bottom-line findings and his conclusions immediately - without attempting to summarize the report - with the understanding that the report itself would be released after the redaction process", the Justice Department statement said.
News reports, citing unnamed members of Mueller's staff, said Barr ignored the summaries Mueller's team prepared for public release, and instead issued his own on March 24, in which he peremptorily cleared the president of any wrongdoing.
US President Donald Trump was a vocal critic of the investigation into his campaign.
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.
A Justice Department official, speaking Thursday on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential process, said summaries of the findings that Mueller's team included as part of its report also contained grand jury information, making it hard for a swift release.
In an odd stroke of timing, the federal appeals court in Washington issued a ruling Friday in an unrelated case that buttresses the argument for keeping a close hold on grand jury information.
The department said those summaries include secret grand jury information that can not under law be made public. He says he's not read the report. "This Russia Hoax must never happen to another President, and Law Enforcement must find out, HOW DID IT START?"
A 1989 legal opinion written by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) reiterated longstanding agency policy that the attorney general and others could advise the president on when to invoke the privilege, but the only one who can invoke it is the president.
"I [have] know [n] Bill Barr for many, many years", Giuliani added.