Redacted Mueller report to be released Thursday: DOJ

Saul Bowman
April 16, 2019

President Donald Trump on Monday once again hit out at special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian election interference, calling it a "hoax" perpetuated by "Trump Haters".

Kerri Kupec, a spokeswoman for the department, said Monday that officials plan to issue the report to Congress and the public on Thursday morning.

According to the report, "Nunes' accusations of misconduct are aimed at a slew of former Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials, who he alleges committed crimes in their pursuit of allegations that President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russians to influence the election". Two days later, Barr released a four-page letter summarizing what he said were Mueller's primary conclusions. Shortly after, President Donald Trump has expressed his disgust with the special counsel's investigation via Twitter, undermining the Mueller Report's the authority in a manner quite predictable for regular followers of Trump's tweets.

But Mueller himself took no stance on the weight of the evidence of obstruction, Barr noted, raising doubts over whether Trump had truly been exonerated by the report.

In the synopsis, Barr wrote that he and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein examined the evidence and determined that they would not be able to make a case for obstruction.

Democrats are already poised to subpoena the full, unredacted version of the Mueller report. Trump has lauded Barr's review, claiming it to be a "total and complete exoneration".

"In other words, (Barr) thinks as a matter of law a president can't obstruct justice, which is a very wild theory to which most people do not agree", Nadler said. The attorney general indicated in his summary that he found no reason to press a criminal charge against the president. "And we need to see them and the public needs to see them".

All of this is sure to come up when Barr testifies about the Mueller report before the House and Senate Judiciary panels.

Mueller turned over a copy of his confidential report to Barr on March 22, ending his 22-month-long inquiry.

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