Justice Dept. plans to release redacted Mueller report Thursday

Justice Dept. plans to release redacted Mueller report Thursday

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller (FBI photo)

WASHINGTON – A redacted version of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s final report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is expected to be released on Thursday morning, Department of Justice spokesperson Keri Kupec told media outlets Monday.

Attorney General William Barr told a House Appropriations subcommittee on April 9 that he anticipated being able to release the report “within a week.”

Barr said the redactions are needed 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 certain information cannot be made public.

Democrats have demanded that the entire report, which is estimated to be 300-400 pages, be made public.

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.”

The New York Times has 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.

Barr drew harsh criticism last week when he told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee he believes “spying” took place during the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign. Barr did not present any evidence to support the claim.

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