U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Friday the Justice Department is preparing a redacted version of the special counsel's almost 400-page confidential report on the Russian Federation investigation and will be in a position to release it by mid-April, if not sooner.
Barr's pledge to release the Mueller report came after the chairmen of six committees in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives gave the attorney general until April 2 to disclose the complete report and to start handing over underlying evidence Mueller used to write it.
Mueller wrapped up his almost two-year investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election by submitting a report to Barr last week. Mueller made no conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice, but Barr knew he had to include Mueller›s essential line that not concluding Trump committed a crime "does not exonerate him". The attorney general said Mueller's findings are "not sufficient" to support a charge.
Barr said in his letter on Friday that certain information must be redacted before the report, almost 400 pages long, is released.
Barr said he is preparing to redact multiple categories of information from the report and Mueller is helping the Justice Department identify sections that will be blacked out in the public version.
The New York Times reported Thursday, "Democrats, who like all other lawmakers have not seen the report, have all but accused Mr. Barr of covering up damaging information it contains". The almost 400-page investigative report will be made available by mid-April, "if not sooner", Barr stated.
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Barr further confirmed that the Justice Department and Muller's team were working to redact four types of information from the report: grand jury material, sensitive intelligence material, information that involves ongoing investigations, and "information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties".
A grand jury that was involved in the Russian Federation investigation is "continuing robustly", federal prosecutor David Goodhand said Wednesday during a hearing over whether court filings in the Mueller probe should be unsealed related to an unidentified foreign corporation that had refused to turn over documents to the special counsel.
Barr said in his letter that he would be available to talk to the House panel on May 2 and the Senate a day earlier.
Meanwhile, Barr has gifted Trump with several weeks in which he can say he›s been cleared of wrongdoing - but the American people will not yet see what actions and conduct Mueller perhaps considered improper.
House Democrats have suggested they may subpoena the report if it is not delivered by next week.
Barr says he wants the public to be able to read Mueller's findings.
In a statement Friday, Nadler said that deadline still stands.