Graham says Trump told him to 'just release' Mueller report

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump fires back at Graham over Iran criticism Overnight Defense: GOP wary of action on Iran | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Iran's leader rules out talks with US Republicans wary of US action on Iran MORE (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a resolute ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE, said Wednesday that he discussed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE's report with the president and Trump told him to “just release it.” 

Graham told CNN that the president was unlikely to invoke executive privilege to hide any of Mueller’s findings, which is an option Democrats have warned they would oppose.

Graham also said Wednesday he expects Congress will be able to see Mueller’s final report in April. 

Graham told the Associated Press that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrArizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Feehery: Impeachment fever bad for Democratic governing vision MORE said the report could be released next month and that he would be willing to testify in front of Graham’s panel.

ADVERTISEMENT

Barr’s timeline matches up with comments from several Justice Department officials who said Mueller’s final conclusions could be sent to Congress within “weeks, not months.”

House Democrats, however, have expressed impatience with the delay, calling on a swifter turnaround from Barr. Six House committee chairs sent a letter to the attorney general Monday demanding he provide Congress with Mueller’s full report and underlying evidence of his findings by Tuesday.

“Your four-page summary of the Special Counsel’s review is not sufficient for Congress, as a coequal branch of government, to perform this critical work. The release of the full report and the underlying evidence and documents is urgently needed by our committees to perform their duties under the Constitution,” they wrote. 

Graham said Barr is working through the report to ensure that any grand jury material and classified information would not be made available. 

Mueller in his report concluded that there was no collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia, according to a summary Barr provided to Congress on Sunday. Though Mueller did not exonerate the president over allegations of obstruction of justice and declined to weigh in on whether charges should be applied, Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal MORE said no charges would be brought against Trump after reviewing Mueller’s underlying evidence. Democrats have called for that evidence to be released along with the full report.