While much of the news media is once again ramping up the anticipation for this release, regardless of what that report actually says - and it could be very bad factually for the president - it is clear that President Donald Trump is going to emerge victorious in this war.
On Monday, the US leader contended that "these crimes were committed" by his 2016 opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and "Dirty Cops", his derogatory term for former top USA law enforcement officials, "and others!"
Barr released a four-page summary he'd prepared, stating that the special counsel found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians during the 2016 presidential election.
The Justice Department announced Monday that it expects to release the redacted version Thursday morning, sending the findings of the almost two-year probe to Congress and making them available to the public.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that is probing the election, told CNN on Sunday that Barr should release the full report and underlying investigatory evidence to his panel, but Barr has balked.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report, with some redactions, is set to be released to the public and Congress on Thursday morning, the Justice Department announced.
Fearing retribution from an angry president, some of those presidential confidants have been reaching out to the Justice Department to see whether they will be named as collaborators in Mr. Mueller's findings.
Aides have reportedly asked the special counsel's office if "the names of those who cooperated" will be redacted, but the Justice Department has "refused to elaborate". The report could provide new information that could prompt further investigations or even consideration of impeachment proceedings, a tricky political calculation since Mueller did not conclude there was collusion or obstruction. So a Thursday afternoon mini-press conference with reporters and Trump shouting over the executive helicopter could provide the administration's first substantive response to potentially damaging Mueller findings. His predecessor, Jeff Sessions, was essentially fired the day after the midterms, just in time for Barr to take over when Mueller's investigation was finally completed (and oh, by the way, Barr's son-in-law now works directly for Trump). Congressional Democrats cite precedent from previous investigations in saying they want to see it all. Democrats will be forced to fight a long legal battle over getting that information made public, all while Trump and his allies accuse them of being unwilling to accept the reality that the whole thing was a "witch hunt", and wasting the nation's time, all while endangering our national security.
Barr then allowed three weeks to pass, letting Trump and his sycophants take their full victory lap, all while presumably working on redactions to the report.
"The greatest Scam in political history", he tweeted Tuesday.
"My sense is that the report itself will likely contain a fair amount of bad news for the president".
"And there can't be anything there, because there was no crime, there was no anything", Trump told the ABC affiliate station. "The reason for this is because Republicans and Democrats in the electorate hate the other side so much".
Barr said he would examine the details of how the FBI's counterintelligence investigation began. "They're going to be looking for anything in there, and certainly I think Thursday's kind of all upside for them because in their estimation anything that doesn't say no collusion, no obstruction is probably - good news".
Opposition Democrats like Nadler have launched new investigations of Trump, a Republican, but the president is objecting.