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President Trump is preparing a rebuttal to the Mueller report


The special counsel's report is scheduled to be released on Thursday

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The White House is reportedly planning a rebuttal to the Mueller report once it comes out on Thursday.

When will the report be released?

In late March, Special Counsel Robert Mueller had informed Attorney General WIlliam Barr that he had reached the end of a nearly two-year-long investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mueller had been appointed in 2017 by then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after former-Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

According to a summary released by Barr, "[t]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."

But Barr also quoted Mueller's report as saying "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

Barr promised to release the full report to the American public in April, along with color-coded redactions. Each color would explain why that information had been hidden.

The report will be released on Thursday.

What happened now?

According to a Fox News report from Wednesday, President Donald Trump's legal team is working on a rebuttal to the Mueller report, to defend against any accusations that Trump and his administration obstructed the investigation in any way.

"They assumed all along that there was going to be a finding of no collusion, so the rebuttal is about obstruction," Fox's unnamed source said. "They are preparing a rebuttal to presumed allegations which will be refuted."

Trump has long complained that Mueller's investigation is a "witch hunt" that was pushed by his political enemies.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed on Tuesday that the White House would be issuing a response, but did not go into detail about what that response might cover.

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