DOJ Sets A Day To Release The Mueller Report

DOJ Sets A Day To Release The Mueller Report

Congressional staff are preparing for marathon reading sessions over Easter as Washington awaits the release of Robert Mueller's report into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Social media sites are exploding in outrage as the Dept. of Justice minutes ago sought to head off speculation by announcing a redacted version of the long-awaited Mueller report now will not be released to Congress until Thursday. The attorney general then sent Congress a four-page letter that detailed Mueller's "principal conclusions".

No one other than Barr and key officials in the Justice Department, Mueller and his team of prosecutors appear to know what the report says about the extent of Trump campaign links with Russian Federation during his 2016 campaign or whether he took any actions as the USA leader aimed at inhibiting the investigation.

Barr also wrote that Mueller presented evidence "on both sides" about whether Trump obstructed justice by acting to impede the inquiry, but he did not draw a conclusion one way or the other.

The president's latest comments come days after he called the probe an attempted "coup", while Barr promised to investigate FBI "spying" on Trump.

But Barr's comments to the Senate panel that the Trump campaign was spied on have further eroded his standing with Democrats. The president again slammed the investigation moments before the Justice Department revealed the release date for the final report.

Opposition Democrats like Nadler have launched new investigations of Trump, a Republican, but the president is objecting. Democrats in Congress have threatened to issue a subpoena demanding the full text.

Last month, Mueller submitted his nearly 400-page report to the Justice Department for review by the attorney general and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The different categories of redactions will be color-coded in the final report, Barr told lawmakers.

"When he [Barr] said in his four-page letter that the government could not establish the existence of a conspiracy-he meant it could not establish it beyond a reasonable doubt", the judicial analyst argued last month, shortly after Barr's summary was released.

"I honestly think that will happen", Napolitano said confidently. The bureau started the investigation as early as July 2016 and handed it over to the special counsel in May 2017.

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