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Collusion

Trump brands statements about him in Mueller report as 'total bulls**t'

A subpoena has been issued for the full, unredacted report.

U.S.-WASHINGTON D.C.-PRESIDENT-TRUMP Trump departing the White House yesterday. PA Images PA Images

A DAY AFTER celebrating the release of the Mueller report as “a good day”, President Donald Trump struck a defiant tone, unleashing tweets saying claims in the report by former administration officials that he tried numerous times to stop or influence the probe were “total bullshit”.

According to the 448-page report released on Thursday, Trump discouraged witnesses from cooperating with prosecutors and prodded aides to mislead the public on his behalf to hamper the Russia probe he feared would cripple his administration.

The report’s bottom line largely tracked the findings revealed in Attorney General William Barr’s four-page memo a month ago — no Trump campaign collusion with Russia around the 2016 election, but no clear verdict on obstruction. But the report added new layers of detail about Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation.

Tweeting on a rainy Friday from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump lashed out at people who cooperated with Mueller’s team. He said statements in the report made by some were “fabricated & totally untrue.” He alleged that “notes” some people said they took after meetings didn’t exist but were created for the Mueller investigation.

Looking ahead, both sides were are using the findings to amplify well-rehearsed arguments about Trump’s conduct — Republicans casting him as a victim of harassment and Democrats depicting the president as stepping far over the line to derail the investigation.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler sent a letter to the Justice Department requesting that Mueller himself testify before his panel “no later than May 23″. And the New York Democrat issued a subpoena for Mueller’s complete report as well as underlying documents, including grand jury evidence, which was redacted. Grand jury evidence, including witness interviews, is normally off limits but can be obtained in court.

“We need the entire report, unredacted, and the underlying documents in order to make informed decisions,” Nadler told ABC’s Good Morning America.

The Justice Department released its redacted version of the report about 90 minutes after Barr offered his own final assessment of the findings at a testy news conference. The nation, Congress and Trump’s White House consumed it voraciously online, via compact disc delivered to legislators and in loose-leaf binders distributed to reporters.

Trump tweeted “Game Over” in a typeface mimicking the “Game of Thrones” logo. By late afternoon, he was airborne for Mar-a-Lago with first lady Melania Trump for the holiday weekend.

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