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Mueller report findings could be a ‘good day’ for Trump, Dem senator says

Greg Nash

Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) said Saturday that President Trump could have a “good day” once the principal findings from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe are handed over but warned against jumping to conclusions. 

Coons, asked if it should be assumed that there are no further indictments coming for Trump or his team, outlined a number of potential outcomes, including that Mueller’s report could be positive news for the president and his allies. 

“I think there is more here for us to unpack here in Congress and there is more work to be done in terms of accountability and transparency, but, you know, once we get the principal conclusions of the report, I think it’s entirely possible that [it] will be a good day for the president and his core supporters,” Coons told reporters during a conference call. 

{mosads}Coons added that lawmakers “should be cautious” about drawing conclusions, adding that the Justice Department has a well-known, decades-old policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted. 

“It’s possible that Mueller concluded there was no evidence to justify any legal action against the president … or he could have concluded that there was nothing there that was strong enough to challenge that policy,” Coons continued. 

Mueller gave his report to the Justice Department on Friday, marking the end of his nearly two-year investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. 

Attorney General William Barr told Judiciary Committee leadership that he could be ready to brief them as soon as this weekend on the principal conclusions of Mueller’s probe. 

A source familiar with the matter told The Hill that lawmakers would not be briefed on the report Saturday.

Coons, who is a member of the panel, said he was waiting “in anticipation” to learn more about Mueller’s report and that he didn’t yet know “what may be coming” to lawmakers about the probe. 

“It’s been a significant investigation so far and one whose ultimate conclusions none of us know, so we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves,” he added. 

Democrats are demanding that Barr release Mueller’s report publicly, something he stopped short of pledging to do during his confirmation hearing before the Judiciary Committee. 

Coons also said it would be “appropriate” for Mueller and Barr to testify publicly. 

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