Barr Sets a Time for Release of the Mueller Report

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller

AP Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller

The dozen-plus people in question cooperated with the Mueller probe at the time, but now worry about fallout from Trump and his cronies if it is revealed that they gave the investigation harmful information about the president. Redacted sections will be highlighted with an explanation about why redactions were made. But the redactions will likely still make parts of the report hard to read.

With that in mind, let's break down each redaction category and what it means.

In a steady drumbeat against the Mueller investigation, Trump claimed again Tuesday that he has already been exonerated of wrongdoing linked to the election, even as he and the American public await details of the prosecutor's 22-month investigation.

This much we know for sure: Barr's release of the report will not be the end of the Trump-Russia saga.

Material collected through the grand jury process can not be disclosed, according to Title III, Rule 6 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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Democratic lawmakers have criticized Barr for issuing a four-page summary of Mueller's report on March 24 rather than waiting and letting the redacted version be the public's first look at the special counsel's work. He is withholding only what is required by law - grand jury information, parts that identified people investigated but found blameless and information that compromises national security.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will also attend. Federal court rules state that a court may order disclosure "preliminary to or in connection with a judicial proceeding". They've also claimed "complete and total exoneration", but that assertion is the opposite of what Mueller wrote in his report, according to Barr's summary.

"In the absence of a bombshell piece of news showing up in the redacted report, the political science would suggest more of what we have seen so far: Democrats will continue to perceive all sorts of malfeasance [and] Republicans will continue to avoid seeing it that way", Hetherington said. The House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, is poised to try to compel Barr to turn over an unredacted copy as well as the report's underlying investigative files.

Trump revealed the news in an appearance on the WMAL Larry O'Connor Show, and a Justice Department spokeswoman later confirmed it.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., has refrained from issuing subpoenas for Mueller's full report covering his probe examining allegations of whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russian Federation during the 2016 election cycle or the president illegally obstructed the inquiry, as well as for the testimony of individuals questioned during the special counsel's investigation until Barr releases the report Thursday.

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"I can envision a situation where under appropriate safeguards, that information would be shared", Barr added. The House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep.

In his letter, Barr said the special counsel did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates during the campaign.

Congress frequently receives classified documents and briefings, and Democrats say there is no reason the Mueller report should be any different. Those include cases handed off or referred to federal prosecutors in Washington, New York and Virginia. The exact number and the focus of these investigations is unknown. In that sense, the Barr letter nearly certainly represents the high point of the probe for Trump and the GOP.

Those redactions are likely only "temporary", Ray said, because the information could be disclosed once the other investigations close. Barr has said he will black out information from the report "that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties". This follows a long-standing Justice Department precedent to not release damaging information about uncharged individuals because they can not defend themselves in court.

Congressional Democrats have railed against the Justice Department's insistence that the Mueller report be redacted. "If it decides not to charge something, it says nothing", Ray said.

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