WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr said he expects to be able to release Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s final report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election sometime next week.
“Within a week I will be in a position to release the report to the public and then I will engage with the chairmen of both Judiciary committees about that report about any further requests that they have,” Barr said at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning.
Barr said portions of the report will be redacted to protect national security interests as well as the identities of people who were interviewed but not charged. He said the redactions will be accompanied by side notes explaining why the information cannot be made public.
Barr said he is working with the Department of Justice to see what portions of the report can be released.
Democrats have demanded that the entire report, which is estimated to be 300-400 pages, be made public.
Last week the House Judiciary Committee voted to authorize subpoenas for the report. Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) has said the subpoenas will not be necessary if Barr complies with his promise to release the report by mid-April.
Barr sent a four-page summary of Mueller’s report to key lawmakers on Capitol Hill on March 24 that said the special counsel did not find any evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 22-month investigation.
In his letter, Barr said that while Mueller’s report did not uncover any evidence that Trump may have broken the law, “it also does not exonerate him.”
Last week The New York Times reported that Barr painted an over-optimistic picture of Mueller’s findings in the summary. The Times spoke with individuals believed to be involved in the drafting of the report.