Trump, Congress brace for Mueller findings

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE and Congress are bracing for the conclusions of Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE’s investigative report, which the special counsel submitted to the Department of Justice on Friday.

Attorney General William Barr has received the confidential report, but its contents remain unknown to both the president and the American public. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill will get a glimpse of Mueller’s findings as soon as this weekend.

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The report will present a massive test for Trump, who has consistently maintained there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow and regularly derided the investigation as a partisan "witch hunt."

Mueller spent almost two years examining ties between the Trump campaign and Russia and possible obstruction of justice.

Trump did not tweet about the report on Friday, and the White House said that same day that he had not been briefed on it.

Congressional Democrats immediately put tremendous pressure on Barr to make Mueller’s report public. The attorney general has been careful not to commit to releasing the report in its entirety, saying earlier that he is committed to releasing as much of the text as possible within the confines of the law.

House Democrats could look into subpoenaing the full report or demand Mueller’s testimony if they are unsatisfied with what they receive from Barr.

The attorney general said in his letter notifying Congress of the probe’s conclusion that he “may be in a position” to brief lawmakers on the report’s overall findings as soon as this weekend.

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Two House sources told The Hill on Friday evening that Barr had not scheduled a time to brief the committee.

Barr is also likely to brief leaders of Congress’s intelligence committees, both of which are conducting their own Russia probes. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrHoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post Trump casts uncertainty over top intelligence role Trump withdraws Ratcliffe as Intelligence pick MORE (R-N.C.) said in a statement Friday that he was “looking forward to reviewing the report.”

Democrats are signaling they will aggressively push to make the Mueller report public.

In a joint statement, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSecond Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death MORE (D-N.Y.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffLawmakers sound alarm on China's disinformation campaign in Hong Kong Trump: Jews who vote Democrat show 'lack of knowledge or great disloyalty' Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE (D-Calif.), House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsNikki Haley voices 'complete support' for Pence House committee heads demand Coast Guard Academy explain handling of harassment allegations Can the Democrats unseat Trump? MORE (D-Md.), and three other Democratic chairs indicated they will fight to make the report’s underlying evidence public.

“Consistent with the Justice Department’s past practice and to ensure Congress can discharge its constitutional responsibilities, we also expect the underlying evidence uncovered during the course of the Special Counsel’s investigation will be turned over to the relevant Committees of Congress upon request,” the six House chairs said. “To be clear, if the Special Counsel has reason to believe that the President has engaged in criminal or other serious misconduct, then the Justice Department has an obligation not to conceal such information.”

Schiff separately fired a warning shot, telling CNN that if the Justice Department doesn’t cooperate willingly, the House will have to “subpoena the evidence” and “subpoena Mueller and others” to come before Congress to answer questions.

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLawmakers sound alarm on China's disinformation campaign in Hong Kong Facebook users in lawsuit say company failed to warn them of known risks before 2018 breach New intel chief inherits host of challenges MORE (D-Va.) said Friday that “nothing short” of a declassified version of Mueller’s report “would suffice.” Fellow committee member and 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Rising Warren faces uphill climb with black voters Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race MORE (D-Calif.) went a step further, calling for Barr to publicly testify about the report’s findings.

Some Republicans are also indicating the report should be made public.

“I fully expect the Justice Department to release the special counsel’s report to this committee and to the public without delay and to the maximum extent permitted by law,” Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Democratic Women's Caucus calls for investigation into Epstein plea deal Activist groups push House Judiciary leaders to end mass phone data collection MORE (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement Friday.

Top Democrats, however, have issued a warning to Barr: Do not allow the president to review the report in advance.

“Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any ‘sneak preview’ of Special Counsel Mueller's findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCutting tariffs is better than cutting payroll taxes to boost the economy Pelosi speaks with Israeli president after Trump controversy In debate over internet speech law, pay attention to whose voices are ignored MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement Friday.

The White House said Friday that Barr will determine what comes next.

“The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.”

Rudy Giuliani insisted in an interview with The Hill on Friday that the president’s legal team had not asked for a special preview of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

“We have not made any request, we have not made any demand,” he told The Hill, pushing back on an Associated Press tweet earlier in the day that suggested Trump’s lawyers wanted an “early look at Mueller's findings before they are made public.”

Conservative lawmakers aligned with the president have seized on the end of the probe without any charges of collusion as vindication for Trump.

“The Mueller report delivery suggests no more indictments are coming from the Special Counsel. If that's true, it would mean we just completed 2 years of investigating 'Russian collusion' without ONE collusion related indictment. Not even one,” tweeted Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsBen Shapiro: No prominent GOP figure ever questioned Obama's legitimacy Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' Gun store billboard going after the 'Squad' being removed following backlash MORE (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and a close Trump ally.

“Why? Because there was no collusion,” he added.

Fellow Freedom Caucus member and Trump friend Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocratic Women's Caucus calls for investigation into Epstein plea deal DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews CNN slams GOP for not appearing on network after mass shootings, conservatives fire back MORE (R-Ohio) celebrated the probe’s conclusion by tweeting that “this distraction is finally over.”

All signs point to Barr facing bipartisan pressure to make the entire report public. The House voted unanimously earlier this month in favor of doing so, and Trump said this week that he also wants the public to be allowed to read the report.

Barr, during his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this year, declined to commit to making the entire report public, saying he would follow Justice Department guidelines in his handling of the document.

He reiterated as much in his letter to the top Judiciary Committee lawmakers on Friday, stating that he plans to consult with Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Rosenstein10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Why the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing MORE to “determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law, including the special counsel regulations, and the Department's long-standing practices and policies.”

“I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review,” Barr added.

Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any links or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. He charged six Trump associates and more than two dozen Russians in the course of his sprawling inquiry, but none of the indictments alleged a conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin to meddle in the election.

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One positive sign for the president and his allies is that Mueller is not recommending any additional indictments.

But he could refer any ongoing investigations to other branches of the Justice Department. Legal experts have said the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York could pick up any probes that began as a result of the special counsel’s inquiry but didn’t fall under its purview.