Release of redacted Mueller report will mean further battles in Congress

Minnie Murray
April 16, 2019

The Justice Department is anticipating a Thursday morning release of the public version of the report submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Kerri Kupec, a spokeswoman for the department, said that officials intend to issue the report to Congress and the public.

Mueller officially concluded his investigation late last month and submitted a almost 400-page report to Attorney General William Barr.

A letter from Mr Barr last month said that Mr Mueller had found no evidence of active co-operation between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin but declined to offer a finding on whether President Trump obstructed justice - another part of the inquiry.

Barr also wrote that Mueller presented evidence "on both sides" about whether Trump obstructed justice, but he did not draw a conclusion one way or the other.

In a follow-up tweet, the president said there shouldn't have been an investigation at all.

Kennedy said that many Democrats apparently assumed that the Mueller report was going to be "a gift basket of impeachable offenses", but Attorney General William Barr's summary of Mueller's findings essentially shot that hope down.

Barr said he identified four areas of the report that he believed should be redacted including grand jury material and information the intelligence community believes would reveal intelligence sources and methods. Barr previously said the report is almost 400 pages long. "Answer - Dirty Cops, Dems and Crooked Hillary!" the president added.

Meanwhile, the top Democrat and Republican on the House Intelligence Committee are also asking Barr to produce all of the investigative materials compiled by Mueller's team and to make Mueller and his staff available for a briefing.

Since Barr released his letter, Trump has set his sights on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and accused the Obama Justice Department of spying on his campaign.

Barr's comment that most of what Mueller probed on obstruction has been publicly reported indicates that events like Trump's firing of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director in May 2017 when the agency was heading the Russian Federation inquiry are likely to be the focus of this section of the report.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Barr's review of Mueller's report "condescending" and demanded the attorney general release the special counsel's full report.

"The House Judiciary committee will subpoena it", he said.

"I honestly think that will happen", Napolitano said confidently.

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