Administration officials fear being exposed by Mueller as information sources: report

Members of the Trump administration who cooperated with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation reportedly worry that a report due out this week could expose them as sources of damaging information about President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE.

NBC News reported Tuesday that several current and former White House officials have reached out through their lawyers to determine whether their names, or any names at all, will be redacted from the report, which will be released on Thursday.


Those efforts have been unsuccessful, however, as the Justice Department has refused to give the White House any details, NBC reported. 

“They got asked questions and told the truth and now they’re worried the wrath will follow,” a former White House official told the network.

“You have a whole bunch of former White House officials and current White House officials, but especially former White House officials, who were told to cooperate,” they added. “So people went and did that, and now the uncertainty is just how much of that information is going to be in that report and how identifiable to individuals is it going to be. And nobody knows.”

Many are reportedly concerned that Trump could retaliate against staffers who cooperated with the probe due to concerns that the report may contain information that is publicly damaging to the president's image. 

Some officials are also  concerned that even with redactions, the report will contain enough identifying information about sources for the president to determine which officials supplied damaging information to the probe, according to NBC.

“Even if names are redacted or names aren’t in the report to begin with, it could be situations people were asked about and they answered truthfully that at least for some people — specifically the president — would be identifiable because the situation applies to just one person,” the former official told the network. “Nobody has any idea what this is going to look like on Thursday.”

The release of Mueller's report on Thursday is greatly anticipated, as it will allow Democrats to determine whether inconsistencies exist between Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDavis: The shocking fact that Mueller never would have accused Trump of a crime Ex-ICE director calls for 'nationwide operation' to target asylum-seekers in US illegally Dems plot aggressive post-Mueller moves, beginning with McGahn MORE's summary and Mueller's actual findings, as some have alleged. Barr in his summary last month stated that Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the president's campaign and Russia, but added that the special counsel did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

The White House, meanwhile, is hopeful that the full report will exonerate the president.

Trump has called for further investigations of members of the Obama administration who reportedly oversaw the investigation at its earliest stages.