After the Mueller report summary was released last week, Justice Department head Attorney General William Barr now plans to release a redacted copy by mid-April or sooner. The report is nearly 400 pages long and will need to be reviewed so that sensitive portions relating to ongoing investigations and secret grand jury proceedings can be excised. In a letter to the House and Senate committees, Barr noted that the White House will not have the opportunity to review the report before Congress. Barr also offered to provide accompanying testimony to Congress.
Meanwhile, Trump continued to crow about what he described as Mueller's "complete exoneration" of him, though this isn't an entirely accurate reflection of the report's contents. Trump also went on the offensive against his critics this past week, calling for Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, who is leading the House Intelligence Committee that's spearheading continued inquiries into the president. Schiff has declined to resign.
Evidently emboldened by the report and gearing up for his 2020 campaign, Trump doubled down both on immigration and healthcare this week.
Trump threatened again to shutter the US-Mexico border this coming week if the Mexican government didn't halt undocumented immigration into the US. Trump has repeatedly made this somewhat impractical threat before, but this is the first time he indicated a specific date of action. Trump also announced on Friday that he plans to cut hundreds of millions of federal aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Meanwhile, the White House is trying a fresh tack to dismantle Obamacare through the courts. This has been a continued thorn in Trump's side since the Republican party failed to overturn it through legislative means in 2017. A federal judge in Texas renewed the question of whether Obamacare is valid with a sweeping decision that ruled the entire premise of the program is unconstitutional. A battle could now reach the Supreme Court. Although the White House is eager to see Obamacare overturned, the Trump Administration has not suggested a viable alternative, which could prove politically risky, since the erasure of the program without a fallback could leave roughly 20 million Americans without health insurance.
In addition, other federal judges have continued to rule against Trump for his other efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, such as a proposed rule that would've helped businesses bypass the ACA to offer health insurance plans outside its specifications.
Lastly, Trump this week stepped in and decided to fund the Special Olympics. In his 2020 budget, funding for the much-beloved program, which celebrates those with mental and intellectual disabilities, was completely cut. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had defended the cuts in testimony before Congress, along with cuts to several other arts, civics, and literacy initiatives.