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By Jonathan Allen
WASHINGTON – Like every champion showman, President Donald Trump certainly knows that the goods cannot remain hidden from the audience forever.
The Mueller report will come out.
There is pressure from Trump's presidential rivals and Congress – Parliament voted unanimously for its release. The president himself has said he prefers to put it out. And there is a long history of government documents, from the Pentagon papers to the Iran / Contra report and the Starr report, which make their way to the public area through authorized release, congressional dumping and just ordinary play.
As Trump himself said, that might be what he wants.
If he is liberated, he becomes the first to shout "NO COLLUSION!" from Twitter mountain top and from the campaign rallies in the middle valleys.
"Without an accusation against him, Trump will hammer home the waste of time, the taxpayer's money and resources to prove that he was right all the time and that he did nothing wrong," said Ron Bonjean, a veteran Republican strategist. who helped rent the Supreme Court's justice Neil Gorsuch through his Senate verification process.
Trump must do so, though the report spreads brutal aspirations about his activities and his family and friends – or if it delivers a mixed bag of specialty councilor Robert Mueller refusing to prosecute certain people in the Trump circuit.
After all, Trump is no stranger to spinning.
The bottom line for him and for the GOP voters is that Mueller did not complain about him.
But without seeing the report, it is difficult to know whether the decision not to prosecute amounts to a withdrawal for Trump, said former federal prose cutter Joyce White Vance.
"If Mueller refused to prosecute because there was insufficient evidence, it is almost not liberation," she said in a text message. "And if he not only accused Trump of the policy of indicating a incumbent president, it is as far from a pure health law as you can get."
The only way to get an answer, she said, is if Advocate General William Barr goes over. Yet she added that "Trump would do well to remember" the co-operation "is not the only crime in the federal code and that there are ongoing investigations, including his initiation, his business and his foundations in several jurisdictions – he is still & # 39; Individual 1 in a [Southern District of New York] indictment. "
Democrats begin with a scattered set of probes on Capitol Hill, and they are confident to use the nuclei they can find in the Mueller report, and Regardless of dirt, they arise with summonses and audit hearings to try to convince voters that Trump is unfit for another period.
They can even try to punish him in the Parliament. But the bar to remove him from the office – already high because it would take 20 Republican senators to turn to him – would be far higher absent from an independent investigator who finds criminal offense on his part.
It's hard to imagine that the report won't be published – and soon. If not, Trump's re-election campaign would undoubtedly be hampered by the kind of questions that had left Hillary Clinton hanging on her e-mails in the 2016 campaign. this position on the Republican side at a time in Congress.
"Advocate General Barr should publish the report to the public as soon as possible, taking into account national security concerns," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement released Friday night.
Trump himself said earlier this week: "Let it come out. Let people see it."
If the report clears him – or if he is able to portray it very effectively – he will undoubtedly be emboldened in his connection with his own ministry of justice, other federal agencies and congress, a scenario that derives even more brutal fighting between a president who is already unimaginable in his attacks against washing, norms, institutions and political actors from both parties enter.
"If you come to the king, don't miss it," Bonjean said. "Trump must be solved in a way that we have not previously seen with a renewed rage."