Attorney General William Barr has notified the Senate and House judiciary Chairmen he intends to have the redacted Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian Probe report available for review by “mid-April, if not sooner.”
In his letter, Friday, Barr explains that the redaction process is being aided by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and that those redactions that are required are as follows.
- (1) material subject to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e) that by law cannot be made public.
- (2) material the intelligence community identifies as potentially compromising sensitive sources and methods.
- (3) material that could affect other ongoing matters, including those that the Special Counsel has referred to other Department offices.
- (4) information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties.
Barr adds that he believes his original principle conclusion summary is being mischaracterized as a “four-page summary,” when in fact it was, “a summary of its “principal conclusions”—that is, its bottom line.”
In Barr’s March 24th letter to congress via The New York Times, Barr writes, “I believe that it is in the public interest to describe the report and to summarize the principal conclusions reached by the Special Counsel and the results of his investigation.” (pg. 1)
He goes on to say in his original letter, “Below, I summarize the principal conclusions set out in the Special Counsel’s report.” (pg. 2)
Barr’s original letter is four-pages long.
It's not a "summary." It's a "summary."— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) March 29, 2019
In Friday’s letter Barr explains that the Special Counsel report is nearly 400 pages, excluding the “tables and appendices.”
He also notes that even though the White House “would have a right to assert privilege,” that President Trump has stated publicly that he intends,” to differ to Barr, “and there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review.”
Barr concludes by telling the Senate Judiciary Committee he is available to testify on May 1st, as well as telling the House Judiciary he can testify on May 2nd.
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) responded to Barr’s letter via Twitter.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also responded via Twitter.