Deadline looms on Mueller report as Trump changes position

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And make no mistake: According to a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll, voters by a substantial margin think more highly of Mueller (net +12 favorability), Democrats (-5) and even Barr (-7) than they do Trump (-10).

Almost 400 former federal prosecutors have signed a statement that contends evidence of obstruction of justice in special counsel Robert Mueller's report would have resulted in charges against President Trump if he wasn't in the White House.

Mr. Nadler and Mr. Barr have been sparring over what the Justice Department will provide to Congress beyond the redacted report that was publicly released last month. "If the Department presents us with a good faith offer for access to the full report and the underlying evidence, I reserve the right to postpone these proceedings", Nadler continued.

This is a developing story.

The letter was signed by officials from a wide-range of backgrounds, and included former U.S. attorneys and other top officials from both parties. He also asked that all members of Congress be allowed to review an unredacted version.

CNN's Jake Tapper spoke with Congressman David Cicilline this afternoon and asked about the House Judiciary Committee's standoff with Attorney General Bill Barr.

Trump's comments represent a reversal from his previous position on the issue, as he said on Friday that he would leave the decision up to Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department.

They hope he can shine more light on his investigation into interference in the 2016 presidential election, possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, and potential obstruction of justice.

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler speaks during a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the proposed merger of CVS Health and Aetna, on Capitol Hill, February 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Any showdown over Mueller's testimony would add to tensions between House Democrats and the Justice Department.

Mueller's team, though, wrote that it decided not to make a "traditional prosecutorial judgment" in part because of the Justice Department opinion on not indicting sitting presidents and because the evidence obtained "presents hard issues that would need to be resolved" if they were to do so.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said last week that May 15 was the committee's target date for Mueller to testify, but it has not yet been finalized.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer picked up on the misstatement by Cicilline at a news conference Sunday saying, "I heard this morning that Mueller is testifying on the 15th".

By the report's account, Trump - after learning he was being investigated for obstruction - told his White House counsel to have Mueller removed.

Trump's repeated statements on collusion and obstruction differ from the report's. However, a Justice Department legal opinion says sitting presidents can not be indicted. They also point to efforts to limit the investigation, and to try to influence the extent of cooperation that Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort provided to Mueller's team.

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