Donald Trump is holding a big surprise for Robert Mueller that could shut him down for good
Robert Mueller issuing his report is one of the most anticipated events in Washington.
Democrats believe it is the final domino to fall in the quest to remove Trump from office.
But the President is holding on to one nasty surprise that could shut Mueller down.
The regulation Mueller is operating under says his report must only be submitted to the Attorney General.
There is no requirement that he turn it over to Congress or the public.
Democrats have made it clear they will subpoena the report and leak it in a manner designed to be most damaging to Trump.
But it won’t be that easy.
Trump can thwart the Democrats’ plans by evoking executive privilege.
Trump and his lawyers expect to get an advance look at the report if there’s a chance it will be shared beyond the Justice Department. They may assert executive privilege to withhold any information related to Trump’s time in the White House or during the transition, depending on what’s included.
“We will look at it and see if the president thinks there is a valid claim and if there is, do we want to make it,” said Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. “We reserve the right. We don’t know if we have to, but we haven’t waived it.”
Giuliani said the White House would be willing to fight in court to preserve material it considers privileged.
Executive privilege is the long-disputed doctrine used by a number of presidents who have argued that they must be able to keep internal deliberations private to protect their ability to get candid advice from aides.
The Mueller report will be a complete frame job.
Democrats know it will be filled with fictions to prod Congress to impeach the President.
But Trump has one card left to play to stop this travesty from taking place.