Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

The Case For Releasing Mueller's Full Investigative Trump Report

The Case For Releasing Mueller's Full Investigative Trump Report

Attorney General William Barr told Congress on Tuesday that he plans to release special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's highly anticipated report on Russian interference in the presidential election in the next week.

The public is likely to get a greater look at the factors behind Barr's decision to clear Trump of obstruction of justice - Mueller had not exonerated Trump - and other investigative details when the attorney general releases a redacted version of the report, which he has promised by mid-April.

While the USA public has clamored for a full disclosure of the report with as few redactions as possible, Barr said the redactions to the report-currently underway-will be based upon legal requirements concerning material produced by the grand jury, classified intelligence material, information connected to open or ongoing investigations, and material that would impact the privacy or reputations of individuals peripheral to the probe. "Until someone shows me a provision" permitting the release of grand jury material, Barr added, "Congress doesn't get" that material.

"No, I'm talking about people in private life, not public office", Barr said.

The chairman responded to Barr's comments on Tuesday in a post on Twitter that appeared to hold the view that no negotiations are required: The law grants Congress access to the material that Nadler has requested, he argues, irrespective of the views of the attorney general.

The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, California Rep. Devin Nunes, told Fox News on Sunday that he was sending eight criminal referrals to the Justice Department, apparently linked to investigations he started in the last Congress about the beginnings of the Russian Federation probe.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that Congress shouldn't be given the unredacted Mueller report because it would leak.

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North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, a confidant to Trump who has raised concerns about Justice Department conduct for the past two years, tweeted that Barr's willingness to investigate it is "massive". He said he provided Mueller the opportunity to review Barr's controversial March 24, 2019 letter to Congress, in which he outlined the conclusions of Mueller's report, but that Mueller declined the opportunity review the draft or to provide input.

Democratic Representative Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Mr Barr must had over the document.

The Mueller report is not the goal of the meeting, and in a prepared statement released ahead of the session Barr does not mention it. Republicans have asked for this investigation now that Mueller has completed his investigation.

Democrats say they will not accept redactions and want the full report's release.

"I understand that portions of it must be redacted as a matter of law, but my hope is that you will stop there and bring transparency to this process as soon as possible". In fact, Barr concluded that the "report identifies no actions that in our judgement constitutes obstructive conduct".

The request to the Justice Department, Schiff said, would fall under a grand jury exemption for material related to counterintelligence matters, and Schiff didn't rule out using a subpoena if necessary.

While there are no further indictments, the probe saw charges being filed against 37 defendants, seven guilty pleas and one conviction. Only 19 days into his job as acting attorney general, Barr ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to mount a rescue mission.

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