Criminal Justice

Mueller report to be released Thursday; Barr says info in these 4 categories could be redacted

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Special counsel Robert Mueller and Attorney General William Barr. Photos from Wikimedia Commons.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election is expected to be released in redacted form Thursday morning.

A Department of Justice spokesperson announced that the report will be made available to Congress and the public, report Politico, the Washington Post, the New York Times and CNN.

Attorney General William Barr summarized the report’s principal conclusions in a March 24 letter.

He said the report found that there was no conspiracy with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election by the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it. He also said Mueller did not draw a conclusion as to whether Trump’s conduct constituted obstruction of justice. But Barr said he believed that evidence in the report was insufficient to establish obstruction.

Barr told lawmakers last week that he plans to use color-coding and notes to explain redactions. He has said four categories of information could be redacted:

• Secret grand jury information;

• Material that can compromise sensitive sources and methods;

• Information that could affect ongoing matters;

• And material that could affect the privacy and reputations of peripheral third parties.

The House Judiciary Committee has authorized a subpoena of the full report. The committee chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat in New York, has threatened to use the authorization to issue the subpoena.

See also: “Barr plans to release redacted Mueller report by mid-April; will Trump get privilege review?” “DC Circuit bars release of grand jury materials to author; are there implications for Mueller report?”

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