U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday released a redacted version of Robert Mueller’s nearly 400-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Barr separately sent a letter to Congress on Thursday.
Mueller had earlier concluded there was insufficient evidence showing Trump campaign officials conspired with Russian actors to meddle in the election. Mueller, who led a team of more than a dozen prosecutors, declined to take a position on whether President Donald Trump obstructed investigators.
Barr spoke at a press conference Thursday morning in Washington. Read his full remarks here.
Two lawsuits in Washington’s federal trial court are expected to challenge the scope of redactions in the report, and Barr is likely to testify in Congress next month about his summary of Mueller’s report. U.S. House Democratic leaders have told the Justice Department they want full access to the report, and they could move to subpoena it.
During a U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee budget hearing last week, Barr said the Justice Department would color-code redacted portions of the report and provide explanatory notes that describe the basis for each redaction. The four types of information that would be redacted included grand jury information, and material that could interfere with ongoing prosecutions or compromise sources and methods.
Barr on Thursday said the president’s lawyers were not allowed to make, nor did they request any redactions.
“These redactions were applied by Department of Justice attorneys working closely together with attorneys from the Special Counsel’s Office, as well as with the intelligence community, and prosecutors who are handling ongoing cases. The redactions are their work product,” Barr said Thursday.
The U.S. Justice Department said late Wednesday in a court filing that some members of Congress would get access to a copy of the Mueller report “without certain redactions.”
“The Justice Department intends to secure this version of the report in an appropriate setting that will be accessible to a limited number of members of Congress and their staff,” assistant U.S. attorneys Jonathan Kravis and Michael Marando said in the filing.
The release of Mueller’s report culminates a more than two-year investigation by Mueller and his team. Mueller, who left Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr after he was named special counsel, has not announced his next steps. His team included several Wilmer partners, whose next moves also have not been announced.
Several open investigations or pending criminal cases have been routed to federal prosecutors in Washington and New York.
Read the Mueller report here—part 1: