FULL: Mueller Report Released Attorney General William Barr News Conference
President Trump’s legal team is preparing to issue a rebuttal to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday, to refute any allegations of obstruction against the president, Fox News has learned.
A source close to Trump’s legal team told Fox News on Wednesday that the president’s lawyers have been working on a counter-report in anticipation of any obstruction of justice claims in the report, which is slated to be released to the public on Thursday.
According to Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary released last month of Mueller’s report, the special counsel found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians during the 2016 presidential election. The special counsel also reviewed whether the president obstructed justice, but ultimately did not come to a conclusion on the topic, instead leaving the decision up to the Justice Department.
Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the evidence from the case was “not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
But related allegations could still surface in the Mueller report itself, even without a final determination from the special counsel.
“They assumed all along that there was going to be a finding of no collusion, so the rebuttal is about obstruction,” the source said. “They are preparing a rebuttal to presumed allegations which will be refuted.”
The source said the legal team originally laid out their rebuttal in response to written questions asked by Mueller’s team of the president.