After many months of waiting, Americans might not be privy to all that special counsel Robert Mueller learned during his investigation into Russian election interference and the Trump campaign, according to Monday news reports.
Bloomberg News said the White House might try to block certain parts of the report from going public by claiming executive privilege — a sentiment one of President Donald Trump’s attorneys has also espoused.
President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the news outlet that Trump's legal team "will look at it and see if the president thinks there is a valid claim" of executive privilege.
"We reserve the right. We don’t know if we have to, but we haven’t waived it," Giuliani added.
However, the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), said a White House effort to block Mueller’s report “will not hold up in court, adding that such a move "can always be pierced by a specific and legitimate criminal or congressional inquiry.”
The Hill also noted that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Democrats will subpoena the report if the White House tries to keep it under wraps using executive privilege, in order to ensure “the public has the advantage of as much of the information as it can.”
Mueller’s report, which Bloomberg said could come as early as next month, will be handed to the Justice Department, where acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Trump’s nominee for the role, William Barr, have both expressed disapproval of the special counsel investigation.