As the Trump administration awaited the results of the years-long Mueller probe, President Donald Trump played golf at Mar-a-Lago with Lindsey Graham, Mick Mulvaney, and Trey Gowdy, New York Magazine reports.
New York Magazine describes the drastic gamut of emotion when Attorney General Barr’s summary of the 400-page Mueller report dropped, finding no concrete proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government: excitement, anger at the press and Democrats, and finally concern, among White House officials, that the President would go too far.
“There will be plenty of unfavorable things about the president in the full report, which we think will eventually come out, so let’s not go overboard saying there’s no wrongdoing. Let’s move on,” one senior White House official told New York Magazine.
Although the report found that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prosecute the President for collusion, William Barr’s summary noted that Mueller had not issued a full exoneration on the question of obstruction of justice.
That’s led senior White House officials to worry that the President is overreaching by gloating about the results of the report.
“We’re letting people have a week to say, ‘Investigate the investigators!’ Take the victory lap, everyone agrees. Spike the football,” the White House official said.
“But then we need to put this behind us. Let’s not relive this. Let’s not drag Andrew McCabe in front of a panel or something that goes on forever.”