Just as everyone suspected when Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report was filed, it appears Team Trump is attempting to orchestrate a coverup. Quite frankly, it seemed to be working at first, but now, it seems to be unraveling with each passing day.
The first sign of a coverup came when the media tried to pass off Attorney General William Barr’s summary as the actual Mueller report. At first glance, that may have been believable. However, the longer it was touted as such, the more evident it became that truly wasn’t the case.
For starters, the language within it was too over-the-top in its glorification of Trump. Fortunately, House Democrats realized this and began demanding that the real Mueller report be released to the public.
Now, all of a sudden, it appears the media has changed its tune and decided to follow suit. As a result, Team Trump has realized that its message will be compromised if the real report is released, and have resorted to a mad scramble to keep the coverup intact.
Per Politico, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham told Capitol reporters he plans to speak with Attorney General William Barr about releasing a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. In other words, he’s pushing for the White House to be able to invoke executive privilege, review it, and remove any portions about Trump that it doesn’t want the public to see.
As alarming as that may sound, fear not, good people. According to an unnamed DOJ official, Barr won’t be allowing such a thing. Even if he had planned to do so, Graham’s public blunder likely sabotaged his chances.
“Moments ago, a justice department official telling NBC News it will take ‘weeks not months’ for Barr to make a version of Mueller’s original report public… There are no plans to give a copy of that report to the White House ahead of that public release…” – @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/EmPiIto4n1
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) March 26, 2019
Considering that information came from a DOJ official, the same could be said of the DOJ. Regardless of its prior position on the matter, there’s no way it could provide the report to Trump now, especially prior to its public release.
Needless to say, at the going rate, things aren’t looking very promising in the Trump-Barr coverup. It looks like they will need to resort to a new plan if they wish to succeed.