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When the 400-web page Mueller report lastly gets released Thursday—with redactions—the Trump administration’s response will not just come in the type of a “NO COLLUSION!” tweet. The White Property, led by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has been preparing a “counter-report” set to drop alongside Mueller’s findings that will present the administration’s own version of events, focused on the allegations of collusion and obstruction of justice, along with Republicans’ theory that the investigation was tainted from the start by anti-Trump bias at the F.B.I. Though the counter-report has been in the works for nearly a year, though, it still seems to be a work-in-progress just days before its release—as evidenced by a page count that’s been as erratic as Giuliani himself.
Giuliani told Politico journalist Darren Samuelsohn in a 3:00 A.M. text message Tuesday that the report is currently at “34 or 35” pages, adding, “The more concise the better. 400 pages is a novel.” The lawyer must have been up late editing, as just two days before, a Sunday article in the Wall Street Journal quoted Giuliani putting the page count at 140, but adding the president’s lawyers “want to whittle it down to about 50.” The counter-report’s apparent 100+ page hack job is indicative of how the vaunted report’s length has varied wildly since first being announced last summer: Giuliani told the Daily Beast in August that the report’s first half alone was 58 pages, before saying in a September 3 interview with the New Yorker the entire report was only 45 pages and “would likely grow.” Trump then tweeted in December that the report currently had “87 pages done” by March, the Los Angeles Occasions reported the report was nevertheless “roughly” 80 pages, with the possible to be shorter primarily based on Mueller’s findings. “If they exonerate him,” Giuliani mentioned, “we’ll just say congratulations.”
The counter-report’s at present dwindling web page length may possibly be a reflection of the White House‘s self-assurance in the Mueller report’s potential to exonerate the president as my colleague Gabriel Sherman reported Tuesday, the pre-report atmosphere in the West Wing has been downright “giddy,” and Giuliani told the Wall Street Journal the report was scrapping most of its material on collusion. These who worry the administration’s apparently huge edits will reduce out vital insights into the Trump administration will need not be concerned, although according to Giuliani’s August interview with the Everyday Beast, every thing in the report can be identified on Google anyway. “I do not assume there is something in it that is not publicly out there in some type or one more,” Giuliani mentioned, adding that there had been no interviews or investigations completed for the report. “There is no [secret] grand jury material here… It’ll be our report, place out on… individual stationery, and it would be in response to their report.”
Whether or not Giuliani’s pet project will really support the president remains to be noticed as retired federal prosecutor Glen Kirschner told the Everyday Beast, the counter-report sounds “like pure P.R. nonsense” rather than a worthwhile rebuttal to Mueller’s investigation. It will probably mainly serve as propaganda for the Trump group as they push their “investigate the investigators” narrative, which a Republican supply told Sherman that Giuliani is “dead focused” on post-Mueller. As the counter-report’s wild shifts in length and scope recommend, although, placing Giuliani and his bizarre “truth is not truth” rhetoric at the report’s helm undoubtedly leaves space for surprises. Trump “knows there’s a give and take” with Giuliani, 1 Trumpworld figure told Sherman in July. “The give is Rudy is going to fight for him. The take is that you are going to get some crazy, also.”
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