The country is watching and waiting for Attorney General William Barr to release Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. The final report is expected to detail his evidence and conclusion concerning his nearly two-year investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
People eagerly waiting for the report may not have to wait much longer as Barr said people can expect the report before mid-April, “if not sooner,” the Washington Examiner reports.
Initially, Barr released his own summary of the final report and said it exonerated President Trump on allegations of collusion and said there was not enough evidence to continue pursuing obstruction of justice charges.
“Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own,” the attorney general said in a letter he sent to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Friday. “I do not believe it would be in the public’s interest for me to attempt to summarize the full report or to release it in serial or piecemeal fashion.”
Mueller’s final report is rumored to be nearly 400 pages in length.
Here’s more, from the Washington Examiner:
Barr received the report from Mueller on his investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia on Friday. He then sent lawmakers a four-page letterSunday summarizing Mueller’s conclusions.
The attorney general’s new letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., provides more information regarding what details of Mueller’s report will be redacted and kept out of the public’s view. Mueller is assisting the agency in this process, Barr said.
Barr identified four categories of information that will not be made public, including material related to grand jury proceedings which by law cannot be made public, information deemed by the intelligence community to compromise sensitive sources and methods, details that could affect other ongoing investigations — including those referred by the special counsel’s office to other offices — and material that would “unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties.”
The actual release of the final report was a point of contention as some people speculated the report would be heavily redacted or that Trump would utilize executive privilege to withhold it or portions of it from being released.
President Trump has come out in favor of its release and Barr said he would not be sharing it with the White House before he releases it to Congress and to the public.
“Although the president would have the right to assert privilege over certain parts of the report, he has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review,” Barr said to the lawmakers, via the Washington Examiner.
Here’s even more from the Washington Examiner:
The special counsel’s 22-month probe concluded Friday when Mueller delivered his confidential report to Barr.
In his summary of Mueller’s “principal conclusions,” which was sent to Congress on Sunday, Barr said the investigation “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
The attorney general also told lawmakers he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence from Mueller’s probe “is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”