The White House may try to use an executive privilege to block portions of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller from making it to Congress or to the public, reports Bloomberg News.
President Trump‘s lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Bloomberg News that Trump’s legal team “will look at it and see if the president thinks there is a valid claim” of executive privilege and added “We reserve the right. We don’t know if we have to, but we haven’t waived it.’.
Mueller has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow and is expected to release his findings in a report as soon as next month.
The breakdown is this: Mueller will have to release his findings to the Department of Justice and Democrats who have just gained control of the House intend to make those findings public while the White House is expected to counter that by invoking a special executive privilege to stop key aspects from being released.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), newly named Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has said the Democrats will subpoena the report if President Trump tries to hide it, stating, “I’m prepared to make sure we do everything possible so that the public has the advantage of as much of the information as it can.”.