Barr is scheduled to hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. EDT to outline the release. Between 11 a.m. and noon, he will deliver it to Congress before posting it on the special counsel website for public access. It will be a redacted version of the report on Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election — blacking out only grand jury material, foreign intelligence, ongoing cases and anything that would implicate someone not charged in the probe.
The redactions will be color coded and include “explanatory notes to describe the basis for each redaction,” Barr said earlier this month.
Barr announced the findings of Mueller’s team late last month in a four-page summary that may criticized as insufficient. The summary said Mueller’s team found no evidence that President Donald Trump‘s campaign colluded with Russia during the 206 election but did not clear the president of obstruction of justice.
Trump and the White House touted the summary as a “full exoneration,” but the report itself said it “does not exonerate him.”
The New York Times and Washington Post published reports that some investigators on Mueller’s team were unhappy with the limited amount of information in Barr’s summary. Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec later said Barr merely summarized the report’s “bottom-line findings” knowing the full report would be released later.
Citing people familiar with the report, the Post reported Thursday it will be “lightly” redacted and contain information on the ways Trump was suspected of obstructing justice. It will show, the Post added, that Mueller couldn’t make a definitive conclusion on the question of Trump obstructing justice because it was tough to determine intent, as some of the president’s actions could be interpreted innocently, it said. It’ll also offer a detailed account of Trump’s purported conduct and analyze tweets and other elements examined by Mueller’s investigation.
Late Wednesday, congressional Democrats expressed concern about Thursday’s release after the Times reported Justice Department officials have already briefed the White House about the report. Trump has previously said he’s not seen any version of the report, and critics said his briefing makes it appear Barr is trying to protect the president.
“Barr has thrown out his credibility and the DOJ’s independence with his single-minded effort to protect [Trump] above all else,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote on Twitter. “The American people deserve the truth, not a sanitized version of the Mueller Report approved by the Trump Admin.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House judiciary committee, criticized Barr’s decision to hold a news conference before releasing the report to Congress.
“This is wrong,” he wrote on Twitter.
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