Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Mueller's redacted Trump-Russia report to be released this week

Mueller's redacted Trump-Russia report to be released this week

The likely timing was announced Monday by Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec. Two days later, Barr released a four-page letter summarising what he said were Mueller's primary conclusions, notably that the investigation did not establish that members of Trump's election campaign conspired with Russian Federation.

The report, which runs almost 400 pages without exhibits, has been the subject of heated debate since Attorney General William P. Barr notified lawmakers last month that Mueller had completed his 22-month investigation.

Barr and his deputy, Rod J. Rosenstein, examined the obstruction evidence laid out by Mueller's team and concluded it did not rise to the level of obstruction of justice.

One key question the report may answer is why Mueller decided not to make a recommendation one way or the other on whether to charge Trump with obstructing justice.

Barr noted in his summary that while Mueller's report "does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him".

"Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction", the president tweeted Monday. Trump has lauded Barr's review, claiming it to be a "total and complete exoneration".

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Nunes had previously hinted on Fox News that he was submitting criminal referrals to the Justice Department against those he feels have unfairly - or criminally - gone after the president.

But the extent of Barr's redactions could prove controversial and leave many dissatified.

Congressman Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that is probing the election, told CNN on Sunday that Barr should release the full report and underlying investigatory evidence to his panel, but Barr has balked.

White House lawyers have reportedly been briefed on the Mueller report, but are not expected to invoke executive privilege to block other information from being released.

Any analysis of such contacts could shed light on why Mueller, according to Barr's summary, "did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities".

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