US Justice Department expects to release Russia report Thursday

Tuesday, 16 Apr, 2019

The Justice Department is anticipating a Thursday morning release of the public version of the report submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller. In it, Barr said the "special counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russian Federation in its efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election".

Mueller officially concluded his investigation late last month and submitted a almost 400-page report to Attorney General William Barr.

Barr also wrote that Mueller presented evidence "on both sides" about whether Trump obstructed justice and did "not exonerate him" on that point, instead declining to draw a conclusion. Barr filled that void by asserting there was no prosecutable case.

Originally published April 15, 9:17 a.m. PT. Update, 9:58 a.m.: Adds more background and information on the Mueller report.

Critics say the grand jury material is crucial to understanding whether there was evidence of criminal behavior by Trump, and Democrats in Congress are demanding an unexpurgated version of the report.

According to the report, "The Justice Department declined multiple inquiries about whether Barr intends to meet with Nunes'".

Ticklethewire.com will provide details of the report once it becomes public.

Mueller's investigation, though, led to indictments of six of Trump's advisers, along with 26 Russian nationals, including some on charges of hacking. "Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own", Barr said of the report.

One example of such an entanglement was the proposal to build a Trump tower in Moscow, a deal potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars that never materialised.

Casey said members of Congress have been privy to other intelligence information so this report should not be treated differently. The warrant was obtained after Page had left the campaign and was renewed several times.

The Justice Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. But he has said he must redact some sensitive information, including grand jury information and details about USA intelligence gathering.

"To deny the Judiciary Committee and the Congress the knowledge of what's in parts of the Mueller report is not proper", Nadler said.