Trump dismisses ‘waste of time’ effort to compel release of full Mueller report

President Trump on Tuesday dismissed Democrats’ efforts to compel the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report as “somewhat of a waste of time” on the eve of a House panel vote to authorize a subpoena for the entire document and its underlying evidence.

“So there’s no collusion. The attorney general now and the deputy attorney general ruled no obstruction. They said no obstruction,” Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with the head of NATO.

“So there’s no collusion, there’s no obstruction, and now we’re going to start this process all over again?” he continued. “I think it’s a disgrace. These are just Democrats that want to try and demean this country, and it shouldn’t be allowed.”

{mosads}Trump and White House officials have insisted that they will defer to Attorney General William Barr on how much of Mueller’s report he’ll release. Trump reiterated Tuesday that he’ll “live by what [Barr] says,” but expressed displeasure with the House Democrats at the forefront of the push to make the report public.

“After $30 million we’re going to start this process over again because [House Judiciary Chairman] Jerry Nadler wants to start it or because [House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam] Schiff [(D-Calif.)]wants to start it?” Trump said. “I’ll rely on the attorney general to make decisions, but I will tell you, anything that’s given to them will never be good enough.”

“So, I think it’s somewhat of a waste of time,” he added. “This is just politics at a very low level.”

Trump has made a concerted effort to declare the Mueller matter closed. He declared at a rally last Thursday that Barr’s four-page summary of Mueller’s findings amounted to a “complete vindication,” and that the “collusion delusion is over.”

But Democrats have asserted that Barr’s summary, which said Mueller did not conclude the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government but neither concluded that Trump committed obstruction of justice nor exonerated him of it, is insufficient. 

Nadler (D-N.Y.) set a deadline of Tuesday for Barr to produce Mueller’s full report, and scheduled a Wednesday vote to subpoena the document and underlying evidence.

While the president has insisted he’s content with the report being made public, his comments on Tuesday paired with recent tweets attacking Democrats in search of further documentation underscore his desire to move on and preview the potential looming fight between the White House and Congress over the report’s publication.

“We could give them — it’s a 400 page report, right? — we could give them 800 pages and it wouldn’t be enough. They’ll always come back and say it’s not enough,” Trump said.

His comments came hours after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Democrats of being “sore losers” by pressing for the full Mueller report. She added that the president has not been briefed on the report.

Barr has said he expects to be able to deliver a public version of Mueller’s report by mid-April after he removes classified information and grand jury material.

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