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Mueller report to be released by mid-April: attorney general

Mueller report to be released by mid-April: attorney general”

"Everyone will soon be able to read it", Barr wrote in a letter to the chairmen of the congressional judiciary committees.

"Although the President would have the right to assert privilege over certain parts of the report, he has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review", Barr said.

That's not exactly what Republicans and administration policy aides had in mind when it was announced last weekend the Mueller probe was over.

Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and conducted oversight of the investigation after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself due to his involvement in the Trump campaign, effectively cleared Trump on obstruction, saying evidence was not sufficient to establish the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.

More than half of Americans believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller conducted a fair investigation and were satisfied with the results - including a majority of independents, according to a poll released Friday.

The length of the summary, how quickly it was produced, and the fact that there were no conspiracy charges led to a bit of a frenzy.

Unfortunately, Trump's Justice Department is unlikely to make the full report available voluntarily - not even to Congress.

How Long Is the Report, What's in it and When Will We See it?

Barr, citing the "principal conclusions" of the report last week, said the special counsel did not find that the Trump presidential campaign had conspired with the Russian government to win the 2016 election. Congressional Democrats blasted Barr's short, four-page summary of Mueller's findings and have called for full transparency, urging the release of the full report to Congress and the public by April 2.

"Our progress is such that I anticipate that we will be in a position to release the report by mid-April, if not sooner", Barr said.

Between the withholding of grand-jury and privileged material and the redaction of classified information, the public could be left with a shell of the original report.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who headed the probe, was assisting with the task, he said.

"I share your desire to ensure that Congress and the public have the opportunity to read the Special Counsel's report", the attorney general told the Senate and House committee chairmen. He said he planned to testify on Capitol Hill in early May, shortly after the report's release, to discuss it with lawmakers.

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