Trump’s team claims to have spent nearly eight months writing a response to a report they had not seen – and up until recently, did not exist.
Despite Trump’s [insistence](https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1109918388133023744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnbc.com%2F2019%2F03%2F24%2Ftrump-responds-to-mueller-findings-no-collusion-no-obstruction-complete-and-total-exoneration-keep-america-great.html) that the Mueller report provides “Complete and Total EXONERATION”, apparently it still requires a counter-report.
August 30, 2018: [Rudy Giuliani said](https://www.thedailybeast.com/rudy-giuliani-is-putting-together-a-counter-report-to-question-robert-muellers-legitimacy) he and Trump’s legal team were crafting a “counter-report” that will seek to delegitimize Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and present countervailing arguments. Part of his report would examine whether the “initiation of the investigation was… legitimate or not.”
April 14, 2019: The Wall Street Journal [reported](https://www.wsj.com/articles/washington-waits-in-suspense-for-mueller-report-11555193798) :
>”Lawyers for Mr. Trump have for months been preparing a counter-report. It is now 140 pages long, but lawyers want to whittle it down to about 50, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in an interview.”
April 17, 2019: CNBC reported:
>”Giuliani has [struggled for quite a while](http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/giuliani-changes-direction-report-counter-mueller) when describing the length of his purported counter-report. Last August, Giuliani said he and his team had prepared a counter-report to Muller’s findings that was “[quite voluminous](https://www.thedailybeast.com/rudy-giuliani-is-putting-together-a-counter-report-to-question-robert-muellers-legitimacy).” Giuliani added at the time, “The first half of it is 58 pages, and second half isn’t done yet.” A month later, Giuliani said his counter-report was [45 pages and growing](https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/09/10/how-rudy-giuliani-turned-into-trumps-clown). Over the weekend, it was [140 pages and shrinking](https://www.wsj.com/articles/washington-waits-in-suspense-for-mueller-report-11555193798). Yesterday, it was “[34 or 35](https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook-pm/2019/04/16/late-night-texts-from-rudy-425433)” pages.