Not Looking Good

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A few early reveals on the dubious handling of the Mueller report:

~President Trump announced that the Justice Department would be a holding a press conference on the Mueller report before the Justice Department announced it.

~The NYT reports:

Justice Department officials have had numerous conversations with White House lawyers about the conclusions made by Mr. Mueller, the special counsel, in recent days, according to people with knowledge of the discussions. The talks have aided the president’s legal team as it prepares a rebuttal to the report and strategizes for the coming public war over its findings.

~The NYT credits ABC News with first reporting the conversations between the White House and Justice Department. From ABC News Tuesday:

ABC News has learned that the White House has received a broad briefing on the report — described as non-specific in nature, focused mostly on the mechanics of the report itself — including that it will be divided into sections on obstruction and collusion and that certain portions will be redacted, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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