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At­tor­ney Gen­eral Wil­liam Barr will re­lease a redacted ver­sion of the re­port by spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller on Thurs­day.


At­tor­ney Gen­eral Wil­liam Barr will re­lease a redacted ver­sion of the spe­cial coun­sel’s re­port Thurs­day morn­ing, a Jus­tice De­part­ment spokes­woman said on Mon­day, the first step in what prom­ises to be a pro­tracted fight with Demo­cratic law­mak­ers over how much of the doc­u­ment they are al­lowed to see.

The re­port will be re­leased to both Congress and the pub­lic, the spokes­woman, Kerri Ku­pec, said.

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, who was sworn in as at­tor­ney gen­eral in Fe­bru­ary, said in a let­ter to con­gres­sional ju­di­ciary com­mit­tee lead­ers last month that the re­port “sets forth the spe­cial coun­sel’s find­ings, his anal­y­sis and the rea­sons for his con­clu­sions” in his in­quiry into pos­si­ble links be­tween the Trump cam­paign and Rus­sia’s elec­tion in­ter­fer­ence and whether Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump il­le­gally ob­structed the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Ev­ery­one will soon be able to read it on their own,” Barr said of the re­port.

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. Some pros­e­cu­tors who worked for Mueller have said Barr did not ac­cu­rately rep­re­sent their find­ings af­ter he re­ceived the re­port and shared its main con­clu­sions last month.

Un­der the spe­cial coun­sel rules, the at­tor­ney gen­eral can de­cide whether to share the re­port with the pub­lic and how much of it to re­lease. But Democrats have shown an un­will­ing­ness to rely on Barr’s judg­ments.

The House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee voted to au­tho­rize its chair­man, Rep. Jer­rold Nadler, D-N.Y., to sub­poena Barr to com­pel him to turn over an unredacted copy of the spe­cial coun­sel’s re­port as well as its un­der­ly­ing in­ves­tiga­tive files.

“As I have made clear, Congress re­quires the full and com­plete spe­cial coun­sel re­port, with­out redac­tions, as well as ac­cess to the un­der­ly­ing ev­i­dence,” Nadler said in a state­ment this month.

Barr has said he will make him­self avail­able to tes­tify be­fore the Se­nate and House Ju­di­ciary com­mit­tees next month af­ter the re­port is re­leased.

Rep. Doug Collins of Ge­or­gia, the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee’s top Repub­li­can, has also asked that the com­mit­tee in­vite Mueller to tes­tify. “It is Spe­cial Coun­sel Mueller who is best po­si­tioned to tes­tify re­gard­ing the un­der­ly­ing facts and ma­te­rial in which you are so in­ter­ested,” Collins wrote in a let­ter to Nadler.

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