Redacted Mueller report to be released on Thursday
Attorney General William Barr will deliver a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly 400-page report on Russian election meddling to Congress on Thursday.
The Justice Department made the announcement Monday morning, ending widespread speculation on when Americans could learn at least some of what the nearly two-year probe discovered.
Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec did not provide a precise time, but said it will be released both to Congress and the public.
Democrats have demanded the release of the full document, but Barr has refused, issuing only a 4-page summary to date.
Trump has claimed that Mueller’s report showed that there was no collusion with the Russians and no obstruction of justice — and wants the feds to investigate his Democratic political enemies.
“Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction. These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!” he raged on Twitter Monday morning in a rant that continued into the afternoon, as he tried to discredit the report.
“The Mueller Report, which was written by 18 Angry Democrats who also happen to be Trump Haters (and Clinton Supporters), should have focused on the people who SPIED on my 2016 Campaign, and others who fabricated the whole Russia Hoax. That is, never forget, the crime,” he continued.
“Since there was no Collusion, why was there an Investigation in the first place! Answer – Dirty Cops, Dems and Crooked Hillary!”
Analysts joked about the timing, as Thursday is Holy Thursday, followed by Good Friday in most Christian faiths.
“So the #MuellerReport —or unredacted portions—will be released on Holy Thursday. A better case could be made for Good Friday (crucifixion) or Easter Sunday (resurrection), depending on what’s in there. By pure coincidence, I’m sure, headlines will be muffled by a holiday weekend,” tweeted Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.
And Democrats have said that nothing less than the full report would be acceptable, setting up yet another showdown between Team Trump and Congress that could land in the courts.
In his letter, Barr said the special counsel did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russia and Donald Trump’s associates during the campaign, but Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.
Instead, Mueller presented evidence on both sides of the obstruction question, and Barr said he did not believe the evidence was sufficient to prove that Trump had obstructed justice.
Democrats have questioned how Barr could boil down Mueller’s full report in just a couple of days and allege that it may have been written in a way that makes the president look good.
Over the past several weeks, a small group of Justice Department officials has been scouring the document to redact grand jury information and details relating to pending investigations, among other materials.
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