Published: Mon, April 15, 2019

Trump Surfaced Sanctuary Cities Immigrant Plan To Distract From Mueller Report

Trump Surfaced Sanctuary Cities Immigrant Plan To Distract From Mueller Report

That happened three weeks ago, but after Attorney General William Barr released a four-page summary of the almost 400-page report, there has been a new anticipation - and growing acrimony - for the report to be released to members of Congress and the public. People close to him said he raised the policy proposal - to send detained immigrants to sanctuary cities as a way to target his political rivals - in part to shift focus off of the report's release.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein pushed back Thursday against allegations that Attorney General William Barr had been biased in his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report, calling such accusations "bizarre".

The attorney general said Mueller did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Trump and Moscow but did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice.

Two days later, Barr released a four-page summary of the "key findings".

Barr said in congressional testimony Wednesday that he the believes the DOJ "spied" on the Trump campaign and he plans to open a DOJ investigation into the origins of the Russian Federation probe.

Sources close to Trump told the Times that the president - emboldened by the release of Barr's summary - has been acting more confidently in recent weeks after feeling like he lost control following months of rigorous public speculation before Mueller's report finally concluded last month.

Nadler said it "may be that Mueller decided not to prosecute obstruction of justice for various reasons that there wasn't proof beyond a reasonable doubt on some things". "The fact of the matter is we should see and judge for ourselves and Congress should judge whether the president obstructed justice or not, and the public ultimately". "These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! Attorney General Barr will make the decision!"

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