Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

DOJ Expected To Release Public Version Of Mueller Report On Thursday

DOJ Expected To Release Public Version Of Mueller Report On Thursday

In a complaint sent today to the Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer wrote that Attorney General William Barr has violated Justice Department norms and standards of conduct by "publicly testifying, without any substantiation, that Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials had engaged in "spying" on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election".

A Department of Justice spokesperson announced that the report will be made available to Congress and the public, report Politico, the Washington Post, the New York Times and CNN.

"While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him", Mueller wrote in his report, according to Barr, who told senators last Wednesday to expect the public release of the redacted report "hopefully next week".

Ahead of the 400-page report's release, Trump and the White House have sought to blunt any possible damage by calling Mueller's investigation illegal and claiming it involved the FBI "spying" on the president's 2016 election campaign.

Barr will send the report after lawyers from the Justice Department and the office of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, finish blacking out secret grand jury testimony, classified information, material related to continuing investigations and other sensitive information.

Barr and Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, set off a firestorm when they concluded that Trump had not committed "an obstruction-of-justice offense" in lieu of a determination from Mueller himself.

The redactions "are necessary under the law", Alan Dershowitz, a former Harvard Law School professor who has been critical of the Democrats' response to the investigation into Trump, told Fox News on Monday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Barr's review of Mueller's report "condescending" and demanded the attorney general release the special counsel's full report.

All of that suggests the controversy is likely to be far from over even when the redacted, lengthy Mueller report is released. Two days later, Barr summarized Mueller's conclusions in a four-page letter.

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All of this is sure to come up when Barr testifies about the Mueller report before the House and Senate Judiciary panels.

The scores of outstanding questions about the investigation have not stopped the president and his allies from declaring victory.

She explained that they "have to be very careful" about what attacks and investigations they launch against the president, as previous allegations of collusion and obstruction have not been borne out.

In the absence of criminal charges arising from Mueller's inquiry, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has shifted his focus to whether Trump is "compromised" by such entanglements, influencing his policy decisions and posing a risk to national security.

The findings from the almost two-year probe are expected to be sent to Congress and made available to the public.

Since Barr released his letter, Trump has set his sights on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and accused the Justice Department of improperly targeting his campaign. Critics of the Russian Federation investigation have seized on the fact that the warrant application cited Democratic-funded opposition research, done by a former British spy, into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Throughout the entire duration of Mueller's investigation, Trump denounced the probe as a hoax.

"I think spying did occur", Barr said.

Mr Trump went onto point the finger at Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.

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