Trump revived attacks on sanctuary cities to distract from Mueller report release: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE reportedly publicly revived an earlier proposal to release migrants in sanctuary cities in part to distract from lingering questions about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s report, according to The New York Times.

Shortly after news broke that the administration had rejected the idea, Trump sent a series of tweets claiming it was still being considered. Trump has deliberately escalated his language to enliven his base since the Mueller investigation's conclusion, according to the Times.

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Once Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrEx-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' Trump pushes back on impeachment talk: 'Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!' The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? MORE delivers the redacted report, the White House reportedly plans to have aides speed-read it, skipping all sections related to potential criminal conspiracy and reading only the section on why Mueller was unable to determine whether Trump obstructed justice.

The White House legal team also plans to zero in on why Barr’s four-page summary of the report said “much” of Trump’s conduct was public and which aspects were not, according to the Times.

“Our goal is to respond as quick as we can; given the length of the report, it may take some time to respond,” Jay Sekulow, Trump’s personal lawyer, told the Times. “But we have a plan in place to respond in a professional manner as quickly and appropriately as possible.”