"Barr will hold a press conference on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. EDT, on the release of the Mueller Report", the Justice Department announced. Plus, allegations that Barr may have mishandled the report out of allegiance to the president have only ramped up the public's speculation. Unfortunately for partisans, the report will likely disappoint both sides, and will bore everyone else.
And that's all we know for sure.
With that in mind, let's break down each redaction category and what it means.
Even as Trump blasts the Mueller probe as a Democratic witch hunt, poll respondents expressed more confidence that the investigation was impartial.
Material collected through the grand jury process can not be disclosed, according to Title III, Rule 6 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Since there was no Collusion, why was there an Investigation in the first place! And on the day a redacted version of the Mueller report is supposed to be made public - Thursday - he appears poised to do more to help the president. Nadler has openly bragged about having the subpoenas ready to serve, having already gotten the committee vote authorizing them.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is also expected to be at the press conference. That's when Barr will release Mueller's report, sans classified material and any other information he decides should remain confidential.
ABC News has learned that the White House has received a broad briefing on the report - described as non-specific in nature, focused mostly on the mechanics of the report itself - including that it will be divided into sections on obstruction and collusion and that certain portions will be redacted, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has said Congress must see the full report without redactions. It's unclear, however, if Barr and congressional leaders would wind up working together to disclose grand jury information, or if the process would spark a political and legal fight.
"All of that information at one point was classified, but the decision must have been made the public interest outweighs that".
Barr has so far disclosed only what the Justice Department terms Mueller's "principal conclusions". It will also lay out the special counsel's conclusions about formative episodes in Trump's presidency, including his firing of FBI Director James Comey and his efforts to undermine the Russian Federation investigation publicly and privately.
"I can envision a situation where under appropriate safeguards, that information would be shared", Barr added. Exposing that would undermine that judicial institution, which few judges would willingly encourage (and even fewer appellate judges). Some officials are also nervous because they said negative things about Trump (hey, join the club, buddy).
The Congress members may be using as a foundation for their investigation the statements of former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who was convicted of lying.
Recent news reports suggest that Barr's stated conclusion was misleading and hint at indications that Mueller meant to leave it for Congress to act on the president's alleged obstruction.
Those redactions are likely only "temporary", Ray said, because the information could be disclosed once the other investigations close.
"The Department of Justice speaks through indictment". That conclusion was perhaps not surprising given Barr's own unsolicited memo to the Justice Department from last June in which he said a president could not obstruct justice by taking actions - like the firing of an Federal Bureau of Investigation director - that he is legally empowered to take. After all, Mueller is the prosecutor in this investigation, not Barr. Trump said on Twitter. "I'm talking about people in private life, not public office holders".
Democrats are especially eager to see what Mr. Mueller says about obstruction of justice after the special counsel specifically said the report was not an exoneration.
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