Former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
According to reports, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is working with the Department of Justice to redact the nearly 400 page Russian collusion report in preparation for its release in mid-April, possibly sooner.
JUST IN: Barr says Mueller "is assisting" DOJ in process of making redactions to the report—including grand jury material and "information that would unduly infringe on the…reputational interests of peripheral third parties." No plans to submit to White House prior to release. pic.twitter.com/mOIPTfyXvO
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) March 29, 2019
President Trump, as the letter notes, had the right to assert a review of the report before it makes its way to Congress, but he deferred to Attorney General William Barr publicly saying, “I have absolutely nothing to hide.”
"I have absolutely nothing to hide," says Pres Trump, asked about Atty Gen Barr's plans to release the Mueller report next month. In an exchange with reporters at Mar-a-Lago, @POTUS says he has "a lot of confidence" in Barr, and will accept his decision., pic.twitter.com/BSNaIi61gm
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 29, 2019
Notably, Barr writes in the letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Chairs of the Judiciary Committees, that his four-page supplemental released last week was not a summary.
“My March 24 letter was not, and did not purport to be, an exhaustive recounting of the Special Counsel’s investigation or report.”
Barr says his letter was simply “the bottom line” but should not have been referred to as a summation. So hold on to your hats, there will be nitpicking over language and relationships for weeks to come.
But more to the point: you won, Dems! Good for you! No doubt you’ll all now accept the results and gracefully agree the reports of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia were wildly overblown.
In response, Nadler said Congress “requires the full and complete Mueller report, without redactions” and his previous April 2 deadline for the report “still stands.” Nadler also urged Barr to come testify before the House Judiciary Committee “immediately to explain the rationale behind his letter[.]”
And the powerful play goes on.