Attorney General Barr Refuses to Release Un-Redacted Mueller Report

President Donald Trump delivers an address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the U.S. Capitol. This is the President's first Address to Congress of his presidency.

President Donald Trump delivers an address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the U.S. Capitol. This is the President's first Address to Congress of his presidency. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

For over a year the United States has been waiting on the Mueller report. Was there Russian interference in the 2016 election? Only the Special Counsel Robert Mueller and few others know the whole truth about the matter. It’s all written down in a few-hundred-page report and summed up in less than five pages for the world to see by Attorney General Bill Barr. Unfortunately, Congress doesn’t want a summed up version, nor do they want a redacted version. They want it all, and Barr isn’t going to give it to them.

Not the Entire Version

On Tuesday Attorney General Bill Barr said that he would soon be in the position to release the redacted version of the special counsel’s report. He continued by saying that he had no intention, as of right now, of releasing the entire, unredacted version to Congress. Even though Congress has repeatedly demanded to see it unredacted since it was completed. “I don’t intend at this stage to send the full unredacted report to the [judiciary] committee,” Barr said. [1]

Shortly after the Mueller report was finished, Barr wrote a four page summary which concluded that the report, did not, in fact, exonerate the president, nor infer that he committed a crime, “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

The summary continued with a line from the Mueller report itself: “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

A Redacted Version

Currently, Barr, along with his team, and members from the special counsel’s office, are working on redacting the report. Barr has said that the redacted version will be color-coded to show why the information was withheld when it is finally released. [2]

Barr has reportedly said that the redacted Mueller report should be released within the week.


Notes:

  1. ^Banco, Erin. “Bill Barr: I’m Not Giving Congress Unredacted Mueller Report.” Daily Beast, 9 Apr. 2019, www.thedailybeast.com/attorney-general-bill-barr-im-not-giving-congress-unredacted-mueller-report. (go back↩)
  2. ^Singman, Brooke. “Barr reveals he is reviewing ‘conduct’ of FBI’s original Russia probe.” Fox News, 9 Apr. 2019, www.foxnews.com/politics/barr-reveals-he-is-reviewing-conduct-of-fbis-original-russia-probe. (go back↩)

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