Mueller Report Expected to be Released by Mid-April

(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

President Donald J. Trump talks with reporters. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Robert Mueller finally finished his investigation on Russia and President Trump. Democrats have been pushing for a full release of the report since the investigation was finished, that might become a reality by mid-April, “if not sooner,” the Attorney General William Barr said. [1]

Not the End

Barr has previously mentioned that the full Mueller report is almost 400 pages long and that is excluding the appendices. Barr hopes he can make the Mueller report entirely public, with some redactions, in a few weeks. In a letter to Congress, the attorney general said: “Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own.” [2]

The redactions will include any intelligence that federal agencies consider to be compromising to sources or methods. Any redactions could also include secret information that was documented in the report.

Congress has recently demanded that Barr hand over the full Mueller report, without redactions, by April 2 so that congressional investigators can view all of the evidence. Representative Jerrold Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, was not amused by Barr’s negotiations. “As I informed the Attorney General earlier this week, Congress requires the full and complete Mueller report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence, by April 2,” Nadler said in a statement. “That deadline still stands.” [3]

But it doesn’t look like Barr will be able to make that happen. Which is why Barr sent a letter on Friday to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, offering a redacted version of the report to Congress by mid-April.

They Want to See

So far all the public, along with Congress, has seen is a four page summary of the report which Barr wrote less than 48 hours after the report was finished.

Currently, Barr is pressed between a rock and a hard place. With Congress demanding the full report and Barr trying not to compromise the country.

“There is ample precedent for the Department of Justice sharing all of the information that the Attorney General proposes to redact to the appropriate congressional committees,” Nadler said.

“Again, Congress must see the full report.”

 

 


Notes:

  1. ^Barr Hiding Full Mueller Report As Democrats Fight For Disclosure – The National Memo – Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.” 30 Mar. 2019, www.nationalmemo.com/barr-hiding-full-mueller-report-as-democrats-fight-for-disclosure. (go back↩)
  2. ^Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Congress detailing plans to deliver the Mueller report.” Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2019, www.washingtonpost.com/context/attorney-general-william-barr-s-letter-to-congress-detailing-plans-to-deliver-the-mueller-report. (go back↩)
  3. ^What Is Trump’s Attorney General ‘Redacting’ From Mueller’s Report? – The National Memo – Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.” 30 Mar. 2019, www.nationalmemo.com/what-is-trumps-attorney-general-redacting-from-muellers-report. (go back↩)

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