Attorney General William Barr announced that the American public can expect to see a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on alleged collusion between President Trump’s 2016 campaign team and Russia officials Thursday of this week.
The report will also include information pertaining to how Russia interfered in the election, Reuters reports.
Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec did not provide a precise time, but said the report, which Barr has described as nearly 400 pages long, will be released both to Congress and the public. Congressional Democrats have demanded the release of the full report with nothing blacked out and also have asked for the underlying evidence gathered by Mueller, meaning Thursday’s action by Barr may be just the first move in a longer fight that could play out in the courts.
Mueller turned over a copy of his confidential report to Barr on March 22, ending his 22-month-long inquiry. Two days later, Barr released a four-page letter summarizing what he said were Mueller’s primary conclusions. In that letter to Congress, Barr said Mueller’s investigation did not establish that members of Trump’s election campaign conspired with Russia.
Barr also wrote that Mueller presented evidence “on both sides” about whether Trump obstructed justice by acting to impede the inquiry, but he did not draw a conclusion one way or the other. Barr said that he reviewed Mueller’s evidence and made his own determination that Trump did not commit the crime of obstruction of justice.
According to the report, Barr has vowed to be as transparent as possible in handing over the final report, but said some information pertaining to national security would be redacted.
The redacted information, including “secret grand jury information, intelligence-gathering sources and methods, information relating to ongoing cases and the privacy of ‘peripheral third parties’ who were not charged,” will be color-coded in the final report’s release.
“According to Barr, Mueller’s 19 prosecutors and 40 FBI agents issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses, the results of which amounted to 34 people and three business indicted and six guilty pleas to date,” ABC News reports.
President Trump and his allies used Barr’s initial summary of the final report to claim he was completely exonerated from both collusion and obstruction charges. While both Mueller and Barr said they did not find enough evidence to charge the president they did say some evidence exists.
Democrats and members of mainstream media are undoubtedly going to magnify this evidence to make a legal case against the president.
Republican Congressman Mark Meadows tweeted that he was anticipating an end to the “collusion delusion” but predicted Democrats would do everything they could to hold onto claims that the president is guilty.
Speaking to One American News Network, former Trump aide Michael Caputo predicted Democrats would even try to use the final report to bring impeachment charges against Trump.