US attorney general to release redacted Mueller report on Thursday

Posted April 16, 2019

The summary also indicated that Mueller's team failed to prove that Trump obstructed the investigation, but the probe did not "exonerate" the president.

Washington is expecting that Attorney General William Barr could disclose the report on Monday or Tuesday, much-awaited details from Mueller's 22-month investigation of Donald Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe.

Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec did not provide a precise time, but said the report, which Barr has described as almost 400 pages long, will be released both to Congress and the public.

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Spokesperson Kerri Kupec said Monday the redacted report will be sent to Congress and made available to the public Thursday.

Democrats, meanwhile, have dismissed Barr's summary of Mueller's report, arguing it is both incomplete and insufficient. Information that's expected to be redacted includes materials related to the grand jury and pending investigations.

Nadler noted that Barr, before he became the country's top law enforcement official, wrote that Trump could not obstruct justice because the president "is the boss of the Justice Department and could order it around to institute an investigation, to eliminate an investigation or could not be questioned about that". "That is, never forget, the crime".

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Trump's long- asserted accusation - though not supported by evidence - that his campaign was spied upon was given new life last week when Barr, testifying before Congress, said he thinks "spying did occur" in 2016.

The attorney general's comments have frustrated Democrats, already anxious for the release of the full, uncensored report and concerned that Barr may withhold pertinent information. The re-upping of this criticism just a few short days before its reported release will serve as even more fodder for cable news panelists to opine on the merits of something that the public has not yet seen. In total, 34 indictments have been issued due to the investigation including members of Trump's campaign and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

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