Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report summarizing his near two-year investigation of alleged collusion between President Trump’s 2016 campaign members and Russian entities and other Russian interference in the election is set to be released today.
While Mueller ended his investigation without charging President Trump last month, the Department of Justice, led by Attorney General William Barr, took several weeks to redact some parts of the 400-page report.
According to the Associated Press, Barr included four classifications of redacted portions of the final report, including grand jury information, classified information, any information related to ongoing investigations within the Department of Justice and information that relates to third-party people who were not charged in the investigation.
This is the closing chapter for Democrat lawmakers and members of mainstream media who have claimed the president was guilty of colluding with the Russians in his historic defeat of Hillary Clinton.
The Associated Press reports:
The report is expected to reveal what Mueller uncovered about ties between the Trump campaign and Russia that fell short of criminal conduct. It will also lay out the special counsel’s conclusions about formative episodes in Trump’s presidency, including his firing of FBI Director James Comey and his efforts to undermine the Russia investigation publicly and privately.
The report is not expected to place the president in legal jeopardy, as Barr made his own decision that Trump shouldn’t be prosecuted for obstruction. But it is likely to contain unflattering details about the president’s efforts to control the Russia investigation that will cloud his ability to credibly claim total exoneration. And it may paint the Trump campaign as eager to exploit Russian aid and emails stolen from Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s campaign even if no Americans crossed the line into criminal activity.
At a later date, the Justice Department also plans to provide a “limited number” of members of Congress and their staff access to a copy of the Mueller report with fewer redactions than the public version, according to a court filing Wednesday.
Democrats reportedly plan to go to court with the Justice Department to see the redacted information.
USA Today adds:
The sprawling investigation, begun in secret months before Trump was elected, did not find that the president or members of his campaign conspired with Russian efforts to sway the election in his favor, Barr wrote in a four-page letter to Congress summarizing Mueller’s key findings. But Barr said the special counsel declined to draw a conclusion about whether Trump had sought to obstruct that inquiry.
Investigators working for Mueller plumbed deeply into Trump’s campaign and his administration, and charged six of his closest advisers with federal crimes. While the probe didn’t find Trump himself committed a crime, the investigation almost certainly produced a large store of information about the Trump administration, not all of it flattering. The report is expected to detail the evidence Mueller’s office gathered, and why it reached the conclusions it did.
Barr said in his letter to lawmakers that Trump’s campaign had received “multiple offers” of assistance from Russia-affiliated individuals, but he provided no details about what those offers were or what came of them. The report might describe the offers and how the Trump campaign responded.