Redacted Mueller report out this week

Rosenstein Says Mueller Report Will Outline Russian CybercrimesMore

Rosenstein Says Mueller Report Will Outline Russian CybercrimesMore

Attorney General William Barr plans on Thursday morning to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and contacts between Moscow and President Donald Trump's campaign, the Justice Department said on Monday.

A Justice Department spokeswoman told Fox News on Monday the report would be made available - with redactions - Thursday morning to lawmakers and to the public.

In a follow-up tweet, the president said there shouldn't have been an investigation at all. The attorney general then sent Congress a four-page letter that detailed Mueller's "principal conclusions".

Barr said the special counsel didn't find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's associates during the 2016 presidential campaign.

In the synopsis, Barr wrote that he and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein examined the evidence and determined that they would not be able to make a case for obstruction.

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.

Trump's long- asserted accusation - though not supported by evidence - that his campaign was spied upon was given new life last week when Barr, testifying before Congress, said he thinks "spying did occur" in 2016.

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Barr has spent weeks redacting sensitive information from the report in preparation for its public release.

"I have said, and I'll say again, 'No thank you, Mr. Attorney General".

U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and others have been adamant that the law grants Congress access to not only Mueller's report but the testimony and other material that supports his conclusions.

"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.

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