Donald Trump yesterday branded Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation into likely Russian interference in the 2016 election and the attendant report as “a waste of time”.
“I have not read the Mueller report yet, even though I have every right to do so,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday, adding: “Only know the conclusions, and on the big one, No Collusion.”
While United States’ attorney general, William Barr, has revealed plans to make public a redacted copy of the special counsel’s nearly 400-page report by latest the middle of this month, Trump said the attorney general can do whatever he likes about the report.
“It’s really up to the attorney general, whatever he wants to do,” he said in an interview with Fox and Friends Weekend.
Mueller completed his 22-month investigation on March 22, with Barr sending a four-page letter to Congress two days later, outlining the main findings. Barr told lawmakers the investigation did not establish that members of Trump’s election campaign conspired with Russia, but also did not exonerate the president on obstruction of justice.
In a new twist, however, reports have emerged this week that members of Mueller’s team were unhappy with the way Barr has characterized the report’s conclusions being a public officer appointed by Trump.
In a tweet on Saturday, Trump called the Mueller report “a total waste of time,” corroborating Russia’s government stand that it did not interfere in the US election.