Attorney General Barr to release Mueller report within a week

Saul Bowman
April 10, 2019

"And so I think that from my standpoint, within a week I will be in a position to release the report to the public". Barr has determined from Mueller's report there was no obstruction of justice by the president. "They wanted an unredacted report and then they would make up their minds as to what would be released and not released", said Rove. "And that's why I suggest we wait until the report is out", Barr told her. In a March 29 letter to lawmakers, he spelled out four areas that would be redacted: grand jury material, which could include any documents and testimony presented; information that could reveal the government's intelligence-gathering sources or methods; information that could compromise ongoing investigations; and details that would violate the privacy of those deemed "peripheral" to the investigation.

Mueller concluded his investigation in late March and turned over a almost 400-page report to Barr.

With or without the threat of impeachment, there is a possibility that Democrats could obtain disclosure if a court, recognizing that the fight over the Mueller materials is an extraordinary circumstance, exercises its authority over grand jury matters to make a disclosure. Barr himself has promised to release a version of the report by the middle of the month, but said it will be substantially redacted.

After Barr's testimony, Nadler said in response that the courts have "given the Congress the grand jury information when requested in many, many different instances". House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California demanded.

In a subsequent post, Nadler said that no discussions of any kind are now underway: "We still have not heard from the attorney general". "And we will have that discussion". Barr concluded there was not enough evidence to take the case to court.

But, he said, he was willing to work with the Judiciary Committee on releasing information to satisfy their interests, while at the same time upholding the law.

Attorney General William Barr promised lawmakers Tuesday he will release the full report by special counsel Robert Mueller by next week, with color-coded redactions that describe why some passages are kept confidential. But he said he was "not interested in putting out summaries or trying to summarise because I think any summary, regardless of who prepares it, not only runs the risk of being under-inclusive or over-inclusive but also would trigger a lot of discussion and analysis that really should have weighed everything coming out at once".

Committee Chairwoman Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) asked Barr point-blank if the White House had seen the report or was briefed on it. "But I am relying on my own discretion" to edit the report to remove classified information for eventual release.

"The Special Counsel found no evidence that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired with the Russians to influence the election, despite offers by the Russians to do so", Barr wrote.

"This Congress voted unanimously to see that report", the subcommittee's chairman, Jose Serrano said, adding that he could not simply ignore the "elephant in the room". "We want to help you do the job, and you need to help us do ours".

Late last month, the attorney general informed lawmakers in writing that he would not submit Mueller's report to the White House to review for any material that might be covered by executive privilege, which allows the president and other senior officials in the executive branch to withhold some information from Congress, the courts and the public.

Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to review controversial counterintelligence decisions made by Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, including actions taken during the probe of the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016, according to a person familiar with the matter. "And then when the report came ... the deputy attorney general and I and our staffs worked closely for the balance ... of Saturday and Sunday". The question now is whether Mueller would agree. If Collins asks Mueller that, and Mueller endorses Barr's handling of the probe, it's hard to see how the cover-up theory could survive it.

Barr also told members of Congress he would be open to negotiations with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Graham, R-S.C.

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