White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE doesn't have "any problem" with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE's full report being released.
“I don’t think the president has any problem with it,” Sanders said on NBC News's "Today" when asked about Trump supporting the release of the report.
“He has been the most transparent, accessible president we’ve seen in modern history … He knows exactly what did and didn’t happen.”
"I think the president is doing exactly what he should, and that’s leaving that decision into the hands of the attorney general, and we’ll see what decision he makes on that front,” she added.
“He’s [President Trump] in a position now to publicly support, maybe even authorize, the release of this underlying Mueller report. Will he do so?” @savannahguthrie asks @PressSec Sarah Sanders pic.twitter.com/6AFdxfM6go— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 25, 2019
Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Congress on Sunday summarizing the top-level findings of Mueller's probe.
His letter said the special counsel's investigation did not uncover evidence that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election.
While Mueller's team did not reach a conclusion on whether or not Trump obstructed justice while in the presidency, Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE decided not to pursue an obstruction charge after reviewing the special counsel's findings.
Barr wrote that Mueller said that "while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
Sanders on Monday also defended the White House’s position that the report was a “total exoneration” despite the lack of a conclusion on obstruction.
“It is complete and total exoneration because the special counsel couldn’t make a decision one way or another, the way the process works is they then leave that up to the attorney general," she said. "The attorney general and the deputy attorney general went through and based their decision on Mueller’s investigation."
“Would you acknowledge it is incorrect for the President to call this a total exoneration?” @savannahguthrie asks @PressSec Sarah Sanders about the question of if President Trump obstructed justice pic.twitter.com/I0XnGlYWCU— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 25, 2019
In the wake of Barr's letter, many have reenergized their calls for the full report to be released.
Last week, the House voted 420 to 0 to demand the report be publicized.