Expect a redacted Mueller report by mid-April - Barr

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Published on March 30, 2019 - Duration: 02:29s

Expect a redacted Mueller report by mid-April - Barr

Attorney General William Barr plans to issue a redacted copy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's nearly 400-page investigative report into Russian interference in the 2016 election by mid-April, he revealed in a letter to lawmakers.

Freddie Joyner reports.

Expect a redacted Mueller report by mid-April - Barr

President Trump has been celebrating the Mueller report as a victory all week..

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "And after three years of lies, and smears, and slander, the Russia hoax is finally dead." Although no one outside the Justice Department, including Trump, has yet seen the actual report… But on Friday, Attorney General William Barr said that will soon change.

In a letter to lawmakers, Barr said he plans to issue a redacted copy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly 400-page report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election by mid-April, if not sooner.

Barr, in his letter said that certain information, such as grand jury testimony and intelligence methods, must first be redacted before the report is released to the Congress and the public.

In a letter back, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, told Barr, in effect, That’s not good enough.

“As I informed the Attorney General earlier this week, Congress requires the full and complete Mueller report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence, by April 2.

That deadline still stands.” Reuters Washington correspondent Andy Sullivan has more on the story: (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT, ANDY SULLIVAN, SAYING: "Now obviously Democrats have been banging the drum on Trump and Russia since shortly after he took office and it's been a tough week for them.

A lot of them have been putting their hopes on Mueller, hoping that he would find conclusive evidence that Trump colluded with Russia.

Now apparently Mueller has reached the conclusion that they didn't engage in any conspiracy or any law-breaking behavior in that endeavor, and that has been tough for many Democrats.

So they are looking at this issue of obstruction as a way to salvage this whole effort." The tense exchange comes after a contentious week where Democrats has been clamoring for more details about the report following Barr’s 4-page “outline” released on Sunday.

Trump and Republicans want Democrats to move on, and first on the list is House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who they accuse of wasting time and money in a search for collusion, leading to a bitter showdown Thursday, with GOP lawmakers calling for Schiff to step down… (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S REPRESENTATIVE, ANDY SCHIFF, SAYING: "You might say that's all ok.

You might say that's just what you need to do to win.

But I don't think it's ok." Barr said he will not submit the report to the White House before releasing it… adding..

Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own… “

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