Justice Dept. expects to release Mueller report to Congress by 'mid-April, if not sooner'

Attorney General Bill Barr said Friday the Justice Department will have special counsel Robert Mueller's report ready to release by "mid-April, if not sooner...

Posted: Mar 29, 2019 2:39 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2019 5:00 PM

The Justice Department will release special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation to Congress and the public by 'mid-April, if not sooner,' Attorney General Bill Barr said Friday.

In a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees, Barr said his department is 'well along' making redactions, with the assistance of the special counsel, and 'there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review.'

The exact length of the report has been shrouded in secrecy, but Barr said Friday the report is 'nearly 400 pages long,' not including appendices and tables, and 'sets forth the Special Counsel's findings, his analysis, and the reasons for his conclusions.'

Barr also offered to testify shortly after the report is released, suggesting May 1 for the Senate committee and May 2 for the House committee.

On Sunday, Barr released a four-page summary of Mueller's principal conclusions, which Barr makes clear were not meant to be an 'exhaustive recounting of the Special Counsel's investigation or report.'

In that summary, Barr said that the Russia investigation 'did not establish' that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government before the election, but Mueller did not draw a conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice.

Trump and his Republicans allies have claimed vindication following Barr's summary of the Mueller report, while Democrats have said they have to read the full report for themselves first to see what Mueller really found. They also want Barr to explain how he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided Trump's actions did not meet the standards for prosecuting an obstruction of justice case.

Barr wrote Friday that he does not think it's in the public interest for him to summarize Mueller's full report, nor does he plan to release sections in 'piecemeal fashion.'

'Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own,' Barr added Friday.

Barr further confirmed that the Justice Department and special counsel's team are working to redact four types of information from the report: grand jury material, sensitive intelligence material, information that involves ongoing investigations, and 'information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties.'

But the redactions Barr is working on won't satisfy Democrats.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York issued a statement Friday responding to Barr's letter by insisting that Democrats want the full Mueller report without redactions.

'As I informed the Attorney General earlier this week, Congress requires the full and complete Mueller report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence, by April 2. That deadline still stands,' Nadler said.

When they spoke by phone this week, Nadler asked Barr to work with the committee to ask the courts to make grand jury information public, according to a Democratic aide who said Barr would not commit to doing so. Democrats argue there is precedent for releasing grand jury material, and the aide said they see that as the 'primary obstacle' to making the full Mueller report public.

'Rather than expend valuable time and resources trying to keep certain portions of this report from Congress, he should work with us to request a court order to release any and all grand jury information to the House Judiciary Committee — as has occurred in every similar investigation in the past,' Nadler said. 'There is ample precedent for the Department of Justice sharing all of the information that the Attorney General proposes to redact to the appropriate congressional committees.'

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, accused Nadler in a statement Friday of setting arbitrary deadlines for Barr to release the report, and said Nadler's demand for Barr not to redact grand jury and other information amounted to calling for 'the attorney general to break the law by releasing the report without redactions.'

The Justice Department is likely to miss the Democrats' April 2 deadline, though House Democrats have not yet said what they will do afterward. Nadler said he would take Barr's proposed May hearing date 'under advisement,' but also added: 'We feel that it is critical for Attorney General Barr to come before Congress immediately to explain the rationale behind his letter, his rapid decision that the evidence developed was insufficient to establish an obstruction of justice offense, and his continued refusal to provide us with the full report.'

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, meanwhile, said of Barr's letter: 'I look forward to hearing from Attorney General Barr on May 1.'

This story has been updated with additional developments Friday.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 61839

Reported Deaths: 1707
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin19569839
Ramsey7717268
Dakota4507106
Anoka3752115
Stearns290920
Washington216345
Nobles17686
Olmsted176723
Scott159020
Mower11052
Rice10388
Blue Earth9325
Wright8975
Carver8783
Clay78840
Sherburne7328
Kandiyohi7021
St. Louis57319
Todd4292
Lyon4253
Freeborn3601
Steele3512
Nicollet34713
Watonwan3230
Benton3203
Winona26416
Beltrami2440
Crow Wing23814
Le Sueur2261
Martin2095
Chisago2041
McLeod2020
Goodhue1999
Otter Tail1983
Cottonwood1780
Becker1611
Pipestone1589
Polk1554
Waseca1490
Itasca14612
Douglas1441
Carlton1420
Unassigned13141
Dodge1290
Isanti1290
Pine1290
Murray1241
Chippewa1071
Morrison931
Wabasha930
Brown892
Faribault890
Meeker872
Rock850
Sibley842
Koochiching793
Jackson790
Pennington751
Cass742
Mille Lacs723
Fillmore670
Renville665
Lincoln580
Grant563
Swift551
Yellow Medicine520
Roseau520
Pope480
Houston420
Aitkin411
Norman400
Kanabec371
Redwood360
Hubbard350
Wilkin343
Marshall290
Wadena270
Mahnomen271
Red Lake240
Big Stone220
Lake210
Stevens180
Clearwater140
Traverse110
Lac qui Parle80
Cook50
Lake of the Woods40
Kittson30

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 49380

Reported Deaths: 942
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk10444208
Woodbury373452
Black Hawk315766
Linn242888
Johnson211819
Dallas189835
Buena Vista179412
Scott174314
Dubuque169831
Marshall145026
Pottawattamie133228
Story117315
Wapello90533
Muscatine85148
Webster8268
Crawford7313
Sioux6433
Cerro Gordo63417
Warren5721
Tama55429
Jasper48127
Wright4751
Plymouth47011
Clinton4164
Dickinson3844
Louisa37814
Washington30510
Boone2623
Hamilton2511
Franklin24512
Bremer2307
Clarke2043
Clay2011
Carroll1942
Emmet1934
Des Moines1872
Shelby1861
Hardin1840
Marion1750
Poweshiek1608
Benton1601
Floyd1582
Allamakee1564
Jackson1561
Mahaska14217
Guthrie1355
Cedar1341
Jones1332
Buchanan1291
Henry1274
Madison1252
Butler1252
Hancock1212
Lee1183
Humboldt1181
Pocahontas1172
Delaware1171
Lyon1152
Harrison1101
Cherokee1101
Clayton1063
Taylor1000
Winneshiek971
Iowa971
Page950
Monona910
Kossuth900
Mills890
Palo Alto880
Jefferson870
Calhoun862
Winnebago860
Sac860
Fayette850
Osceola840
Grundy801
Mitchell790
Cass791
Union781
Monroe748
Lucas734
Worth670
Davis612
Montgomery604
Chickasaw550
Appanoose513
Howard500
Fremont430
Greene430
Keokuk371
Van Buren361
Ida310
Adair300
Audubon291
Decatur250
Ringgold231
Wayne201
Adams160
Unassigned10
Rochester
Broken Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 68°
Mason City
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 68°
Albert Lea
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 68°
Austin
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 68°
Charles City
Scattered Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 68°
One more chance for rain
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

MSHSL releases guidelines for fall training sessions

Image

Hagedorn Introduces Livestock Relief Bill

Image

A Closer Look at Boating Safety

Image

Funding child care during the work week

Image

Rochester leaders consider their successors

Image

Sara's 10pm Forecast - Wednesday

Image

Sara;s 6pm Forecast - Wednesday

Image

Clear Lake school projects

Image

Mower County Fair Virtual Tour

Image

Racial Equality for Civic Engagement

Community Events