Washington Post: Mueller Report Is "Lightly Redacted" On Obstruction Investigation

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The Washington Post is reporting that, indeed, the report is only “lightly” redacted, or at least the part dealing with alleged obstruction by President Trump.

The Justice Department plans to release a lightly redacted version of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s 400-page report Thursday, offering a granular look at the ways in which President Trump was suspected of having obstructed justice, people familiar with the matter said.

The report — the general outlines of which the Justice Department has briefed the White House on — will reveal that Mueller decided he could not come to a conclusion on the question of obstruction because it was difficult to determine Trump’s intent and because some of his actions could be interpreted innocently, these people said. But it will offer a detailed blow-by-blow of the president’s alleged conduct — analyzing tweets, private threats and other episodes at the center of Mueller’s inquiry, they added.

While the report’s light redactions might allay some of their concerns, Democrats are likely to bristle at any material that is withheld. What the Justice Department and Trump’s lawyers might view as modest, lawmakers might see as overly aggressive. The redacted version of the report is expected to reveal extensive details about Trump’s actions in office that came under scrutiny, but it is unclear how much the public will learn about how the special counsel’s team investigated the Kremlin’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election and Russian contacts with Trump associates.

What you’re seeing there is an acknowledgement that both sides see the alleged obstruction as the biggest political threat to President Trump. This will ultimately be a Rashomon exercise. If you believe he obstructed the investigation–despite the fact that you are reading it today–then you will continue to believe it. If you find the whole idea rather ludicrous in light of an investigation that lasted from at least July 2016 until a couple of weeks ago, then nothing will change your mind.

The fact that the entire focus is on obstruction indicates that even Adam Schiff doesn’t believe in the collusion hoax.

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