Russian Federation probe: Robert Mueller’s report to be released this week

Clay Curtis
April 20, 2019

"If you seek both transparency and for the American public to learn the full contours of the special counsel's investigation, public testimony from special counsel Mueller himself is undoubtedly the best way to accomplish this goal", Collins wrote in a letter to Nadler.

The Department of Justice said on Monday that Barr plans to release the redacted version of the almost 400-page report to Congress and the public on Thursday morning.

Barr will send the report after lawyers from the Justice Department and the office of the special counsel finish redacting portions of the roughly 400-page document.

The redactions in the report will be colour-coded by category, according to Mr. Barr, explaining the reasons that parts are blacked out.

Throughout the entire duration of Mueller's investigation, Trump denounced the probe as a hoax.

Cafaro argued that the entire justice process has been "damaged", accusing both Trump and Democrats of using the Russian Federation investigation as a "political tool".

First, in response to a question about whether he had "evidence that there was anything improper in those investigations", Barr responded, "I have no specific evidence that I would cite right now". "These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others!" The Mueller investigation has cast a cloud over the administration; Trump has often called it a politically motivated "witch hunt".

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Mr Mueller officially concluded his investigation late last month and submitted the confidential report to Mr Barr. Two days later, Barr summarized Mueller's conclusions in a four-page letter. The attorney general concluded Mueller's findings are "not sufficient" to support a charge.

Rosenstein called the partisan response to Barr's handling of the response "completely weird".

Democrats have questioned how Barr could boil down Mueller's full report so quickly and allege that it may have been written in a favorable way for the president.

Barr said Mueller found no evidence that Trump's 2016 campaign team conspired to collude with Moscow to influence the election. The attorney general told lawmakers he believed that spying on Trump's campaign did occur, and that he plans to investigate whether it was legally justified.

Barr later softened his tone, adding "I am not saying improper surveillance occurred".

While the prospect of the Democratic-led House of Representatives attempting to impeach Trump appears to have dimmed, the House judiciary committee will be looking for any evidence relevant to ongoing investigations into obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power by the president or others in the administration. The bureau started the investigation as early as July 2016 and handed it over to the special counsel in May 2017. He also was present at a Trump Tower meeting in August 2016, three months before the election, at which an Israeli social media specialist spoke with the president's son, Donald Trump Jr, about how his firm Psy-Group, which employed several former Israeli intelligence officers, could help the Trump campaign, according to the New York Times.

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