Should Trump Be Worried About the Redacted Mueller Report?

Since it was announced that Attorney General Barr’s version of the redacted Mueller report will be released on Thursday morning, it is as if everyone is waiting with bated breath for that fateful moment when it goes public. There is no shortage of political news to report, but there is also a palatable stillness hanging over everything else as we wait in anticipation.

According to the president’s Twitter feed, he doesn’t seem nervous at all (kidding, of course).

According to Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman, Trump’s plan is to lob the accusation of treason against Democrats and suggest that he doesn’t care about the report.

Now, as Mr. Barr prepares to submit a redacted version of the report, Mr. Trump’s plan of attack, aides said, is to act as if the report itself is extraneous to Mr. Barr’s brief letter.

“The bottom line: The result is no collusion, no obstruction, and that’s the way it is,” the president told reporters on Thursday. He said that Democrats “know it’s all a big scam, a big hoax” and that he believed what they were doing was “actually treason.” Days earlier, en route to Texas, Mr. Trump told reporters: “I don’t care about the Mueller report. I’ve been totally exonerated.”

Some of the people who work in the White House are worried—but their concerns don’t have anything to do with whether the president engaged in impeachable behavior and what that means for the country.

Some of the more than one dozen current and former White House officials who cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller are worried that the version of his report expected to be made public on Thursday will expose them as the source of damaging information about President Donald Trump, according to multiple witnesses in the investigation…

Of particular concern is how Trump — and his allies — will react if it appears to be clear precisely who shared information with Mueller, these people said.

There is no shortage of people telling us what to expect from the redacted version of the Mueller report. But keep in mind that this attorney general misled Congress with a redacted memo back in 1989. So I’ll stick with my previous prediction that we’ll see exactly what he wants us to see—nothing more and nothing less.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.