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Rudy Giuliani calls Mueller prosecutors “cowards and liars” after leaks about report

President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has blasted those who leaked information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation.

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that some of Mueller’s investigators in the Russia probe had told associates the full findings of the confidential report are not properly portrayed in Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of what was a book-length document.

“The Mueller anonymous leakers are unscrupulous prosecutors,” Giuliani wrote on Twitter after the Times report. “They conducted an investigation that was a disgraceful overzealous exercise of government coercion. No case of collusion or obstruction. Now they are leaking what they couldn’t prove. They are cowards and liars.”

According to Barr’s summary, Mueller did not establish that there was a conspiracy or coordination between members of Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government in the latter’s attempts to influence the presidential election.

Moreover, Barr stated that Mueller’s report did not conclude the president committed any crime, though it explicitly did not exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice.

Mueller laid out the evidence and deferred the complex prosecutorial decision to Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who concluded the president did not commit a crime.

But Barr is under pressure to release in full Mueller’s report along with any supporting evidence uncovered by the special counsel’s investigation. The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday authorized subpoenas for the report if Barr does not release it to Congress.

Barr has said he is working to release the Mueller report at least partially during April. But Democrats and Trump critics are frustrated by not having access to the report to draw their own conclusions from it as the president falsely declares himself totally exonerated by it.

According to the Times and a similar report in The Washington Post, Mueller’s team had prepared its own summaries of the final report with a view that they could be made public.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, wrote to Barr on Thursday demanding to see correspondence between the attorney general and Mueller’s team regarding the report. He also said Mueller’s summaries should be made public.

“Releasing the summaries—without delay—would begin to allow the American people to judge the facts for themselves,” Nadler wrote.

Nick Akerman, an assistant special prosecutor in the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon, told MSNBC on Wednesday that Mueller investigators may have leaked to the Times as a warning to Barr.

“Look at how many people were involved in this investigation that know what the truth is,” Akerman said. “He is really playing with fire here. There’s only so much you can do as a political hack and get away with it. He’s not going to get away with it because sooner or later that entire report is going to come out. A judge is going to order it.”

Akerman added: “The whole point behind this is to try and get out the statement that ‘oh, Trump has been exonerated, he didn’t do anything wrong,’ so he can go out with his PR program that he’s been involved in. That’s what it’s all about. So the longer you can delay that, the more Trump can go out and go to his rallies and talk about how he’s so innocent.”

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Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and current lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks to members of the media at the South Lawn of the White House May 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Giuliani called Mueller investigators “cowards and liars.” Alex Wong/Getty Images

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