The Justice Department plans to release the Mueller report on the findings in the Trump-Russian investigation this Thursday, according to multiple news reports sourced to DOJ officials.
Attorney General William Barr has said he will try to publicly release as much as he can of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia in the 2016 election and whether President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice.
But the approximately 400-page report will include redactions for grand jury material, classified information, and other sensitive material.
The release of the Mueller report comes about three weeks after Barr released his “principal conclusions” in a letter to Congress that was immediately made public. In it, Barr said that the special counsel “did not establish” coordination of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Mueller did not come to a conclusion on obstruction of justice, but Barr stepped in to say that the evidence did not establish obstruction. Still, Barr quoted Mueller as saying, “‘while this report does not conclude the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
Questions over Mueller’s conclusions — particularly on obstruction of justice — are likely to be the focus of both Democrats in Congress and the public. Expect the release of the Mueller report to be the beginning, rather than the end, of battles over the investigation’s conclusions.