Barr plans to release redacted Mueller report by mid-April

Barr plans to release redacted Mueller report by mid-April

William Barr at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become Attorney General of the United States, Jan. 15.

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers Friday that he expects to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s 400 page report by mid-April or sooner.

In a letter to the chairs of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Barr said the Justice Department plans to redact grand jury material — items that could infringe on the privacy of peripheral third parties and information that could jeopardize ongoing investigations and intelligence-gathering.

Mueller is involved in the review, Barr said.

Barr noted that while the White House would be able to exert executive privilege over portions of the report, there are no plans to provide them with an advance copy — citing President Donald Trump’s statements favoring the report’s public release.

Mueller submitted the report last week following a nearly two-year-long probe into the Trump campaign’s potential ties with Russia.

Barr sent a letter to key lawmakers on Capitol Hill Sunday stating that Mueller did not find any evidence of conspiracy between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

The attorney general also said that while Mueller’s report did not uncover any evidence that Trump obstructed justice, “it also does not exonerate him.”

On Friday, Barr objected to the description of his first letter as a summary. He also said that he will be available to testify before Congress in early May to address any concerns from lawmakers.

In a statement, House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler said his committee needs the full, unredacted report as well as its underlying evidence.

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