Mueller report should get to Congress by mid-April, Barr says


Barr has employed the help of Mueller, along with federal prosecutors in the special counsel's office, to help to determine which portions of the report can be made public, and which portions need to remain under seal due to sensitive grand jury materials and investigative methods. He says Mueller's report is almost 400 pages long. He said he planned to testify on Capitol Hill in early May, shortly after the report's release, to discuss it with lawmakers.

The attorney general said the report was almost 400 pages long excluding tables and appendices and "sets forth the Special Counsel's findings, his analysis and the reasons for his conclusions".

"Although the President would have the right to assert privilege over certain parts of the report, he has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review", Barr said. A spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did not return a request for comment about the House Republicans' position on seeing the full report.

Barr said that "everyone will soon be able to read it on their own" and that he doesn't not believe its in the public's best interest for him to "attempt to summarize the full report or to release it in serial or piecemeal fashion".

For some in the White House, Sunday seemed like the first day of the rest of Donald Trump's presidency.

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"After three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russian Federation hoax is finally dead". "The collusion delusion is over". But Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was insufficient evidence to conclude Trump obstructed justice.

The president mocked Democrats' reactions to AG Bill Barr's summary of the Mueller report.

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

While this is allowed under special counsel regulations, and is in fact typical DOJ policy in most cases to protect the reputation of people who are not being charged with crimes, this is not an ordinary case - and the DOJ has historically been far more transparent about cases involving national political controversy. 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.