House Judiciary chair still wants Mueller’s report by April 2

Henrietta Strickland
March 30, 2019

Barr plans to make public a redacted copy of Mueller's almost 400-page investigative report into Russian interference in the 2016 election by mid-April, "if not sooner", he said in a letter to lawmakers on Friday.

Three recent polls conducted by NPR, CNN and the HuffPost show that the majority of Americans, across political ideologies, would like Attorney General William Barr to release the full report detailing what special counsel Robert Mueller found in his two-year investigation.

The "investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities", Barr quoted the report as saying.

The AG said to expect the report mid-April, "if not sooner".

The Justice Department announced Friday that it likely release Mueller's report by mid-April, but with redactions.

Regarding obstruction, Mueller stated that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him". They accused him of stepping in where Mueller had declined to make a prosecutorial decision.

Unfortunately, Trump's Justice Department is unlikely to make the full report available voluntarily - not even to Congress.

Mr Barr said he was willing to appear before the Senate and House judiciary committees to give evidence about the report on May 1 and May 2.

Does President Donald Trump Have a Say in This? "The collusion delusion is over".

Mr Trump has the right to assert executive privilege over some material obtained from the White House.

The House Democrats' position now is that "there is nothing stopping Barr from giving us the grand-jury material" that informed Mueller's findings, according to another Democratic staffer who spoke with reporters on Thursday on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Barr also confirmed that the "Special Counsel is involved" in the redaction process.

Mueller also left the decision on whether Trump obstructed justice up to the attorney general, who determined that he had not "committed an obstruction-of-justice offence". Trump has denied the affairs, though he has insisted that the payments were private transactions that violated no laws. They have opened investigations into Trump's campaign and his business dealings before and after he took office, and other law enforcement investigations loom, including inquiries into Trump's inaugural committee and his role in hush-money payments during the election to women who claimed extramarital affairs with him.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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