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Donald Trump: Still has ‘no idea’ when Mueller report will drop

March 22, 2019

President Trump on Friday said he has “no idea” when special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and the potential obstruction of justice will drop, as tension around Washington ratchets up.

The conventional wisdom is that Mr. Mueller is wrapping up his work and will deliver his the fruits of his two-year investigation to the Justice Department in the coming days.

Departing for his Florida club, Mr. Trump said he’s in the dark like everyone else.

“I have no idea about the Mueller report,” Mr. Trump said outside the White House, later adding: “There was no collusion, no obstruction, everybody knows it.”

He also suggested any unflattering information will “only play to our advantage,” as his team prepares to accuse investigators of overreach.

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said the Mueller report will probably be anticlimactic.

“I think it’s not going to be satisfactory either to proponents or opponents of President Trump,” Mr. Clapper said on CNN.

He did say, however, that Attorney General William P. Barr should be as transparent as possible about the results, as Democrats fret that administration officials will bury some of the findings.

“The people have paid for this investigation, and I think they’re entitled to know,” Mr. Clapper said.

He said the investigative field of play will shift to Congress and, “more ominously for the president,” to federal courts in New York, where investigators are probing other matters.

The White House is sparring with House Democrats who’ve requested documents from about 80 people in Mr. Trump’s orbit.

The president’s counsel has rebuffed some requests from House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, raising tensions.

“It’s a continuation of the same witch hunt,” Mr. Trump said of congressional investigators. “They ought to go to work, get infrastructure done, and get a lot of things done instead of wasting everybody’s time.”

He also took an eyebrow-raising swipe at Democrats’ internal stumbles over a congresswoman’s tweets about what drives support for Israel. The uproar has distracted the House majority from pushing its agenda and focusing on Trump probes.

“I don’t know what happened to them, but they are anti-Israel,” Mr. Trump said. “Frankly, I think they are anti-Jews.”