Report means Trump can go ‘full animal’, says Bannon

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Report means Trump can go ‘full animal’, says Bannon


Setback: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi walks from a Democratic Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: Reuters
Setback: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi walks from a Democratic Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: Reuters

Donald Trump’s former chief adviser has warned the US president is “going to go full animal” after he was partially exonerated by Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Steve Bannon, who left the White House in 2017, predicted Mr Trump would “come off the chains” and use the special counsel’s findings to “bludgeon” his opponents and ignore congressional oversight requests for documents.

William Barr, the attorney general, sent a four-page letter to Congress outlining Mr Mueller’s conclusions following the sprawling 22-month probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia or Mr Trump obstructed justice.

Mr Mueller cleared Mr Trump of conspiracy with Russia, but he did not draw a conclusion on an obstruction charge. Mr Barr, though, concluded the evidence in the report – which has not been made public – was not enough to bring a prosecution.

“When I saw no new indictments – I thought, Oh my God! They didn’t indict anybody regarding the Flynn investigation, they didn’t indict Don Jr,” Mr Bannon told Yahoo News before Mr Barr submitted his letter on Sunday.

“Maybe [Mueller] could have details about obstruction of justice that are not indictable, but are meaningful.”

Mr Trump yesterday appeared to live up to his former adviser’s prediction, tweeting angrily about the media’s coverage of the probe.

“The Mainstream Media is under fire and being scorned all over the World as being corrupt and FAKE,” he wrote. “For two years they pushed the Russian Collusion Delusion when they always knew there was No Collusion. They truly are the Enemy of the People and the Real Opposition Party!”

He also shared a tweet by Tom Fitton, president of conservative activist group Judicial Watch, who claimed the probe was “deep state abuse” and called for a separate investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email use.

The House Democrats have ramped up pressure on the Justice Department to provide the full report .

Mr Trump accused those responsible for launching Mueller’s probe of “treasonous things against our country” and said they “certainly will be looked into”.

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He also said the release of Mueller’s full report “wouldn’t bother me at all”, and Democrats quickly put that statement to the test, demanding that his administration hand over the entire document and not just Sunday’s four-page summary.

Six House Democratic committee chairmen wrote to Mr Barr that his summary was “not sufficient” and asked to have Mr Mueller’s full report by April 2. They also want to begin receiving the underlying evidence the same day.

The information is “urgently needed by our committees to perform their duties under the Constitution”, they wrote, implying that the information would be subpoenaed if it is not turned over by the deadline. Mr Barr said in his letter to Congress that Mr Mueller did not find that Mr Trump’s campaign “conspired or co-ordinated” with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election – knocking down arguments from Democrats who have long claimed there was evidence of such collusion.

But he also said Mr Mueller reached no conclusion on whether Mr Trump obstructed the federal investigation, instead setting out “evidence on both sides” of the question and stating that “while this report does not conclude the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him”. Absent a recommendation from Mr Mueller, Mr Barr stepped in and decided there wasn’t sufficient evidence to establish that the president obstructed justice. Democrats said Mr Barr’s judgment is not the final word.

“All I’m interested in is them releasing the full report, the full Mueller report,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Despite Mr Mueller’s refusal to exonerate Mr Trump, his spokesmen and leading congressional Republicans all claimed total vindication for the president.

Questioned by reporters, Mr Trump said he welcomed Mr Mueller’s results but complained he had been abused by the investigation occurring at all and taking too long.

“We can never let this happen to another president again,” he said.

“There are a lot of people out there that have done some very evil things, very bad things, I would say treasonous things against our country.”

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