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Trump Is Fine With Releasing Mueller Report

'Let it come out, let people see it'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2019 2:58 PM CDT
President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Lima Army Tank Plant, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Lima, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump on Wednesday expressed confusion with why special counsel Robert Mueller is even writing a report ("It's interesting that a man gets appointed by a deputy, he writes a report, uh, you know, never figured that one out. Man gets appointed by a deputy, he writes a report," he said, later asking reporters to "explain" why "because my voters don't get it and I don't get it") but, nonetheless, he's apparently fine with said report being released to the public. "At the same time, let it come out, let people see it," he told reporters on the south lawn of the White House as he prepared to leave for Ohio to speak at a tank plant. "That's up to the attorney general. We have a very good attorney general, he's a highly respected man. And we'll see what happens. But it's sort of interesting that a man out of the blue just writes a report."

He added that he, himself, wants to see Mueller's report after the special counsel probe into Russian interference with the 2016 election wraps up. There was "no collusion" between Trump's people and Russia and "no obstruction" of justice, the POTUS said: "There was no nothing. But it's sort of an amazing thing that when you have a great victory, somebody comes in, does a report [out of] nowhere, tell me how that makes sense?" "But I want to see the report," he added. "And you know who I want to see it? The tens of millions of people that love the fact that we have the greatest economy we've ever had." As for when the report might be released, "I have no idea," Trump said. At the Washington Post, Aaron Blake writes that Trump's OK clears one major hurdle as to the report being released, but notes that due to federal law, it won't be clear for some time just what will be released and when. (There are signs Mueller's probe is wrapping up.)

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