Redacted Mueller report expected for public release Thursday

16 April, 2019, 04:54 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Trump Questions Why 'Radical Left Democrats' Should See Mueller Report

The Justice Department is anticipating a Thursday morning release of the public version of the report submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Release appears imminent of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's almost 400-page report on Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, but sparring over Mueller's conclusions is already rampant. Barr provided a four-page letter to Congress two days later that detailed Mueller's "principal conclusions".

Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said Mr Mueller was still investigating interactions between former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his Russian business partner Konstantin Kilimnik as critical to the inquiry.

Barr also wrote that Mueller presented evidence "on both sides" about whether Trump obstructed justice, but he did not draw a conclusion one way or the other.

Barr is shielding four specific categories of information: grand jury material, details whose public release could harm ongoing investigations, any information that would "potentially compromise sources and methods" in intelligence collection, and anything that would "unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties".

The Justice Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Barr will send the report after lawyers from the Justice Department and the office of the special counsel finish redacting portions of the roughly 400-page document.

But the extent of Barr's redactions could prove controversial and leave many dissatified.

Any analysis of such contacts could shed light on why Mueller, according to Barr's summary, "did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities".

Even if the report doesn't end up containing any bombshells about how Trump behaved behind the scenes toward Comey, Mueller, Putin, and others, it will hopefully answer THE question of the 2016 election: WTF was going on?

Barr has said he will make himself available to testify before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees next month after the report is released.

"The House Judiciary committee will subpoena it", he said. "I think that's absolutely wrong and I think that's a threat".

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