President Trump said Wednesday that he would support the publication of the special council's report on Russia's possible links with its 2016 campaign, saying that Attorney General William P. Barr should "let the message appear."
Mr Trump, who declined last month to pledge to release the results of the investigation, said that "tens of millions" of Americans would like to read the report prepared by the council. special, Robert S. Mueller III.
"Let people see it. It's up to the Attorney General to do that, "Trump told the press south of the White House lawn, adding," There was no collusion. There was no obstruction, there was nothing there. "
The law does not oblige the Ministry of Justice to publish a report on the special council's investigation and, in the past, the president has stated that he will not interfere with the department's decision.
But the question of whether and how the report could be published is a persistent issue since Matthew G. Whitaker, then Acting Attorney General, told reporters in January that the investigation was almost complete. Mr. Whitaker stated that he hoped that Mr. Mueller would report on his findings "as soon as possible".
Barr refused to guarantee publication of the report at the Senate confirmation hearings held last month. Mr. Mueller did not comment publicly on the case.
But last week, Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives demanded, in a non-binding vote of 420 to 0, that the Department of Justice release all the findings of the special council's investigation.
According to the rules of the Department of Justice, Mr. Mueller must explain the decisions of his trial at the end of the investigation in a confidential report to the Attorney General, who must then send a report to Congress indicating the reasons why the work is finished.
But the report of the Attorney General to Congress is not required to be exhaustive and may only be a summary of the findings of the special council.
Mr Trump said Wednesday that he was eager to read the report. But he told reporters that he thought he should not have to embarrass the special attorney's investigation because of his "big" college victory election in 2016.
"It's a bit interesting that a man, caught off guard, writes a report," he said. "I think it's ridiculous."