Justice Department set to release redacted Mueller report Thursday

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller

In fact, he has had 60 such question-and-answer sessions while heading to the chopper since taking office, according to Martha Joynt Kumar, a presidential scholar who specializes in White House interactions with the press and presidential transitions.

Federal and state prosecutors across the country - from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., and the Southern District of NY - are pursuing several inquiries and investigations that grew out of the Mueller probe. The special counsel interviewed approximately 500 witnesses, according to a letter sent to Congress by Barr.

The report will be released on Thursday. Barr further identified four areas of information that will be redacted: grand jury material; information that could "compromise sources and methods" used in intelligence gathering; findings that could jeopardize ongoing investigations; and anything that would "unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties" associated with the investigation.

Attorney General William Barr leaves his home in McLean, Virginia, on Monday, April 15, 2019.

Plus, former federal prosecutors have argued there is evidence Trump and his campaign "aided and abetted" with Russia's election conspiracy, which is a crime that was not evaluated by Mueller's team.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed on Tuesday that the White House would be issuing a response, but did not go into detail about what that response might cover. But it is likely to contain unflattering details about the president's efforts to control the Russian Federation investigation that will cloud his ability to credibly claim total exoneration. "[But] the mainstream narrative of the Mueller report has already congealed".

Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Attorney General William Barr is expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's report on the Russian Federation investigation on Thursday.

"Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction", Mr. Trump tweeted.

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Barr has so far disclosed only what the Justice Department terms Mueller's "principal conclusions". Plus, allegations that Barr may have mishandled the report out of allegiance to the president have only ramped up the public's speculation.

Congress could see the sections of the report that fall into this classified information category, even if the public doesn't. "It was condescending, it was arrogant and it wasn't the right thing to do".

"Obviously", said Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.), a senior member of the committee, "we will use the subpoena power to the full extent of the law". Of that group, the NPR survey found a split: 45 percent said Trump is cleared; 47 percent said questions still exist; and 8 percent didn't know. "Because all we have right now is that four-page press release that the attorney general put out at the beginning of the week".

Congressional Democrats have railed against the Justice Department's insistence that the Mueller report be redacted.

The Justice Department announced Monday that it expects to release the redacted version Thursday morning, sending the findings of the almost two-year probe to Congress and making them available to the public.

It remains unclear whether the White House would move to invoke executive privilege in an attempt to keep portions of the report from Congress and the American public.

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

The attorney general also stated he would make himself available to testify before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees next month after the report is released. After all, Mueller is the prosecutor in this investigation, not Barr.

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