Republicans Contrast Trump’s ‘Unprecedented Transparency’ Over Mueller Report With Obama’s Exec Privilege

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While special counsel Robert Mueller’s final redacted report was released to the public by Attorney General William Barr on Thursday, several Republican lawmakers are coming to President Donald Trump’s defense.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) expressed that there was a stark contrast between Trump’s and former President Barack Obama’s use of their executive privilege.

“For context, the Obama Administration asserted executive privilege over email between Eric Holder and his own mother, but [Trump] invoked no executive privilege, in unprecedented transparency,” the House Judiciary Committee ranking member tweeted Thursday right after the conclusion of Barr’s press conference.

Obama used his executive privilege in 2012 to withhold 20 emails between former Attorney General Eric Holder, his mother, and his wife concerning the botched “Fast and Furious” operation — one of the Obama administration’s scandals that IJR Red has pointed out.

“The contrast is so clear that even Democrats should see it,” Collins added.

Nearing the end of Barr’s press conference to the public regarding Mueller’s investigation on whether there was collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, Collins wrote, “No collusion. No obstruction.”

“No collusion!” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) tweeted on Thursday. “No obstruction! Complete cooperation from the President. No executive privilege asserted.”

As IJR Red reported, ahead of Barr’s press conference, the president reiterated his claim about his the investigation, which he said there was “no collusion.”

“I’m fighting back not for me, I’m fighting back for the people of this country,” Trump said in a Twitter video titled, “No Collusion — No Obstruction.”

Watch the video below:

Barr spoke prior to the release of the Mueller report, defending the president and continuing his call that there was no obstruction of justice by Trump.

“President Trump faced an unprecedented situation,” Barr said. “As he entered into office and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates.”

He added:

“The Russian government sought to interfere in our election process but thanks to the special counsel’s thorough investigation, we now know that the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign.”

Watch Barr’s press conference below:

Following Barr’s remarks early Thursday, the president tweeted out a “Game of Thrones”-themed photo.

“No collusion. No obstruction,” the photo reads. “For the haters and the radical left Democrats — Game Over.”

The nearly 400-page final redacted report was released to the public at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Barr made known that the president’s lawyers “were given the opportunity to read a final version of the redacted report before it was publicly released.”

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