The Mueller report is perhaps just days away from seeing the [redacted] light of day, but that hasn’t stopped the nation from pointing all sorts of fingers in the direction of those involved in its imminent release.
Bill Barr, the Attorney General responsible for the publication of the report, has already given the nation his own summary of the massive tome; a 4-page cliff notes letter to Congress that included some fairly strong verbiage from Mueller himself.
The democrats almost immediately began casting doubt on Barr’s ability to remain non-partisan in the matter, and have since subpoenaed the full, un-redacted Mueller report for their own consumption.
In this day and age of digital leakers and Twitter whistleblowers, such a move would almost certainly be a gateway in which the public gains access to the document as well – a reality that is the subject of much debate, currently.
The Attorney General is now speaking out about the decisions he has made in regard to the report, defending himself from such disparate dialogue.
In his statement, Barr defended the decision to release a brief summary letter two days after receiving the report on March 22. He previously said he wanted to release the entire document in gradual or piecemeal fashion. He is now expected to release the entire report, with some redactions, by mid-April.
“Given the extraordinary public interest in the matter, the Attorney General decided to release the report’s bottom-line findings and his conclusions immediately — without attempting to summarize the report — with the understanding that the report itself would be released after the redaction process,” Barr’s statement said.
Barr also addressed what many have seen as the crux of the issue as it pertains to full and uncensored access to the report.
The statement also said that every page of Mueller’s report was marked that it may contain grand jury material “and therefore could not immediately be released.”
A Justice Department official, speaking Thursday on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential process, said summaries of the findings that Mueller’s team included as part of its report also contained grand jury information.
The grand jury material will hopefully be released in redacted form, as one of the most mysterious timelines in the Mueller case revolves around a yet-untold Russian corporation whose court cases in DC required entire floors of federal courthouses to be quarantined from the press and the public.
Become an insider!
Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.