While the rest of the world must be satisfied with Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of the report from Robert Mueller, White House officials have already been briefed — in broad strokes at least — on the contents of the Special Counsel’s probe of collusion with Russia and obstruction of Justice in the 2016 election, according to comments made by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on his network’s This Week Sunday morning news program.
The briefing has reportedly raised major concerns among senior White House officials about what even the unredacted portions of the report will reveal about President Trump’s actions in attempting to prevent the inquiry from moving forward.
Karl did reveal, however, that “the White House will not invoke executive privilege to try to get further redactions,” although whether that is because they know or trust that Attorney General Barr will remove the most incriminating details from the public version of the report that he releases is unknown.
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Nonetheless, “There is [sic] significant concerns about what will be in here — new information — on the obstruction of justice question, what the president was doing regarding some of the big questions,” Karl stated.
“What worries them most is what [former White House counsel] Don McGahn told the special counsel,” he continued. “It was reported that he spent 30 hours before the special counsel. I’m told significantly more than 30 hours.”
The most surprising detail revealed by the ABC News Chief White House Correspondent is the fact that — despite the extensive testimony that the former White House counsel presented to the Special Counsel — Don McGahn was never debriefed by the president’s legal team, so they have no idea about exactly what the report may reveal once fully released.
You can watch an excerpt of Jonathan Karl’s comments on ABC‘s This Week with George Stephanopoulos in the video clip below.
The White House has been briefed on the Mueller report and "there is significant concern on the president's team about what will be in this report," and "what worries them most is what Don McGahn told the special counsel," @jonkarl reports on @ThisWeekABC https://t.co/2gNCrsGh2B pic.twitter.com/do39TZFBZz
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 14, 2019
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Original reporting by David Edwards at RawStory.