Trump revived attacks on sanctuary cities to distract from Mueller report release: report

 thehill.com  4/15/2019 12:13:18 AM 

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWH spokesman: We're working with DHS, ICE to try to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities Trump says he has legal right to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities Sanders calls on Trump to scrap his trade plan MORE reportedly publicly revived an earlier proposal to release migrants in sanctuary cities in part to distract from lingering questions about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MOREs report, according to The New York Times.

Shortly after news broke that the administration had rejected the idea, Trump sent a series of tweets claiming it was still being considered. Trump has deliberately escalated his language to enliven his base since the Mueller investigation's conclusion, according to the Times.

Once Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrRobert De Niro tears into Republicans: 'We're not going to forget' about what you did under Trump Trump campaign falsely claims Barr revealed 'unlawful spying' in email to supporters Trolling of Bill Barr shows how language is twisted to politics MORE delivers the redacted report, the White House reportedly plans to have aides speed-read it, skipping all sections related to potential criminal conspiracy and reading only the section on why Mueller was unable to determine whether Trump obstructed justice.

The White House legal team also plans to zero in on why Barrs four-page summary of the report said much of Trumps conduct was public and which aspects were not, according to the Times.

Our goal is to respond as quick as we can; given the length of the report, it may take some time to respond, Jay Sekulow, Trumps personal lawyer, told the Times. But we have a plan in place to respond in a professional manner as quickly and appropriately as possible.

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