The long-awaited report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be released “within a week,” according to Attorney General William Barr.
Speaking to the House Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday morning, Barr was asked about releasing the Mueller report. He told lawmakers that there were laws in place that prevented him from releasing an unredacted version of the 300-plus page report.
“I’m operating under a regulation that was put together during the Clinton Administration and does not provide for the publication of the report,” Barr said. “But I am relying on my own discretion” to edit the report to remove classified information for eventual release.”
Barr said the process to redact sensitive and classified information was going “very well,” and that he will be able to release the report according to the schedule he had previously stated.
“This process is going along very well, and my original timetable of being able to release this by mid-April stands,” Barr said. “I think that from my standpoint, within a week I will be in a position to release the Mueller report to the public.”
Barr also suggested that he would make the redacted report as transparent as he possibly can, with explanations as to why any portion is redacted.
“We will color code the excisions from the report and we will provide explanatory notes describing the basis for each redaction,” the attorney general told congress. “So, for example, if a redaction is made because of a court order and a pending prosecution, we will state that and we will distinguish between the various categories.”
When asked about details of the Mueller report containing the special counsel’s concerns that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice during the investigation. Barr said the details regarding that most likely will not be redacted.
“As things stand now, I don’t think that they will be redacted. So, they will be identifiable.”
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