Mueller report: US Congress to get redacted version by 'mid April'

Desiree Burns
April 4, 2019

The development comes a week after six Democratic congressional chairs wrote Barr to demand the almost 400 page report be released "in full and unredacted" by 2 April.

"Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own", Barr said in a letter to top Democrats and Republicans on the Senate and House Judiciary committees on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported.

He also said there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for "a privilege review".

Mr Trump has described the accusations against him as "treasonous". "I have absolutely nothing to hide".

Mueller "did not draw a conclusion - one way or the other - as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction".

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who has spent much of her programming over the past two years on the Russian collusion conspiracy, has been at the forefront of the effort to delegitimize Barr and convince her viewers that Mueller could still have something on Trump.

Mueller did not find that the Trump campaign co-ordinated or conspired with Russia, Barr wrote, and did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

Congress is out for a two-week spring break from April 12 to April 28, making it likely the report could be delivered when lawmakers are out of town.

Barr's new letter seeks to assuage such concerns and obtain more time to finish his review of Mueller's work.

In the Friday letter, Barr said he will also redact any information that would "potentially compromise sources and methods" used for intelligence collection, and any information that would "unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties".

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In a rally on Thursday - his first since the report was submitted - the president incorrectly claimed that the report was a "total exoneration".

Lindsey Graham of SC, said he appreciated Barr's update and looked forward to the attorney general appearing before his panel on May 1. "That deadline still stands".

Barr said in his letter that he would be available to talk to the House panel on May 2 and the Senate a day earlier. Nadler said that May was too long to wait. If the committee approves the subpoenas, their issuance will be left to Nadler.

"Attorney General Barr is following his word in publicly releasing the special counsel's report to the maximum extent permitted by law and department policy", Rep. Douglas Collins, R-Ga., tweeted.

"Our progress is such that I anticipate we will be in a position to release the report mid-April if not sooner".

The attorney general sent a letter Friday to Sen.

But while the special counsel's investigation is over, Mueller referred "several matters to other offices for further action".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Mr Barr's summary, which cleared Trump of campaign collusion with Russian Federation and criminal obstruction of Mueller's federal probe, was "condescending" and "arrogant".

Barr said he is preparing to redact multiple categories of information from the report and Mueller is helping the Justice Department identify sections that will be blacked out in the public version. However, after a lengthy 22 month investigation, Mueller cleared the president of collusion.

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