By Josh Dawsey | The Washington Post
President Donald Trump declined to say Sunday whether he wants the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller III’s investigation made public, saying he would instead defer to the Department of Justice.
“Totally up to the attorney general,” Trump said. “That’s up to the attorney general. I don’t know. It depends. I have no idea what it’s going to say.”
William Barr, Trump’s nominee to be attorney general, has not said whether he plans to release information to the public — be it the report he receives from Mueller or a different summation of the report. Some Trump allies and aides fear the findings will be damaging, and the president’s lawyers have said they are crafting their own report to counter Mueller’s.
The president’s comments on the investigation, which acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said is wrapping up soon, came in a wide-ranging interview with CBS News. Among the highlights of the interview: The president said he is keeping another government shutdown on the table, outlined disagreements with top intelligence officials, argued that keeping troops in Iraq is vital to watching Iran, contended that having a Cabinet packed with interim secretaries is a plus for his administration and again attacked former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis by falsely saying he forced him to resign.
“I don’t take anything off the table. I don’t like to take things off the table,” he said, when asked to rule out a second partial government shutdown in 12 days, when the government again runs out of money. Trump endured a political shellacking during the last 35-day shutdown, according to public polls, with his approval rating dropping below 40 percent as he kept the government closed because Democrats would not give him more than $5 billion for a wall on the Mexican border.
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