Justice Department releases redacted report on special counsel’s Russia probe
The Department of Justice has released special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia probe.
Attorney General William Barr gave a press conference on the investigation’s findings and the report’s release before the redacted Mueller report was sent to Capitol Hill on CDs at around 11 a.m.
The Justice Department received Mueller’s report on the investigation last month, and Barr and Rosenstein have since been working together to redact some information, including details on grand jury proceedings and ongoing investigations, which will be color-coded.
According to the Washington Examiner, after receiving the report, Barr released a four-page summary of the investigation that said Mueller’s investigation did not establish collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The summary also said Mueller did not determine whether the president obstructed justice, but also did not exonerate him.
Barr said he and Rosenstein concluded there was insufficient evidence to determine whether Trump obstructed justice.
The redacted information in Mueller’s nearly 400-page report includes grand jury material, foreign intelligence that could compromise sources and methods, information about ongoing investigations, and derogatory information about people who were not charged.
The redacted report is unlikely to ease tensions between Democrats and Republicans about what the findings mean for the Trump presidency.
Democrats are poised to use subpoena power to obtain the full report and are calling for Barr and Mueller to testify.
Upon the release of Barr’s memo last month, Trump and his allies argued the president had been vindicated by Mueller.
Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said his team is preparing a counter report, which will focus on obstruction of justice.
Barr said in his press conference there was “no collusion” between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
“At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the president’s personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact no collusion,” Barr said.
Barr also revealed Thursday that Mueller examined 10 instances involving actions by Trump that may have constituted obstruction of justice.
Mueller did not make a determination about whether Trump obstructed justice with his actions across the span of the probe, but rather laid out the evidence on both sides.
Instead, it was Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who concluded that there was not enough evidence to establish whether Trump obstructed justice.
Trump responded to Barr’s press conference with a meme reminiscent of the “Game of Thrones” series.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
“No Collusion. No Obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats — Game Over,” reads the caption of the tweeted meme, which shows Trump facing a cloud of fog.
Trump was also active on Twitter earlier morning before the attorney general’s press conference tweeting out that the report was “presidential harassment” and a “hoax.”
The Mueller report represents the completion of a nearly two-year investigation into whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with the Russian government to win the election.