Justice Department to make Mueller report public Thursday

Justice Department to make Mueller report public Thursday

The Justice Department plans to make the redacted report available to both Congress and the public on Thursday morning, DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Monday, according to CBS News.

The almost 400-page report details the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller and his team about the Trump-Russia investigation.

Mueller is also expected to shed light on whether, once in the White House, Trump sought to obstruct justice, for example by firing James Comey as FBI director in May 2017, when the agency was heading the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller was less decisive on the question of obstruction of justice.

Since the report was submitted to Barr, Democrats have sought to have it released and also criticized Barr for issuing an opinion so quickly after the release based on the size of the report. Portions of the report being released by the Justice Department will be redacted to protect grand jury material, sensitive intelligence, matters that could affect ongoing investigations and damage to the privacy rights of third parties, the attorney general has said.

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"In other words, (Barr) thinks as a matter of law a president can't obstruct justice, which is a very wild theory to which most people do not agree", Nadler said. Rosenstein, who oversaw the Mueller probe, defended Barr in an interview on April 11.

The House Judiciary Committee voted earlier this month to authorize a subpoena for Mueller's full report and evidence, depending on what Barr turns over. The president's personal attorney Jay Sekulow refused to disclose how they will tackle the redacted report - which Barr is expected to deliver this week - though he told the newspaper it will be similar to how they responded to Barr's summary sent to Congress.

"We know with certainty why they interfered and what they were trying to do but we don't know a lot of details", he said.

The announcement comes after Attorney General William Barr testified before Senate lawmakers last week that the highly-anticipated report would be released "next week".

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