Redacted Report On Russian Meddling In US Elections To Be Released

Washington (Alliance News) - A redacted version of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller ...

Alliance News 18 April, 2019 | 1:26PM
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Washington (Alliance News) - A redacted version of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the Russian meddling in the 2016 US election cycle will be released on Thursday, as the public waits to see what implications it may have for President Donald Trump.

Attorney-General William Barr will be redacting the report to exclude information on intelligence gathering and private information of so-called peripheral third parties. The extent of the redactions will be closely watched.

Barr will hold a press conference at 1330 GMT in Washington, the Department of Justice said.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler said he was "deeply troubled" by reports the White House was being briefed on the report prior to its release.

"Now, [the Department of Justice] is informing us we will not receive the report until...AFTER Barr's press conference. This is wrong," the Democratic congressman added on Twitter.

Hours before Barr's scheduled conference, the top Democrats in Congress called for Mueller to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible in order to restore public trust.

"Barr's regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report ... have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality," wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in a joint statement released on Twitter.

Mueller was appointed in 2017 to investigate the meddling and any links to the Trump campaign. The inquiry led to dozens of indictments, including against Russian nationals and several former members of Trump's coterie, such as his campaign manager and lawyer.

However, no US citizen was charged with any form of collusion with Russia.

Barr last month released a four-page summary of the report in which he said Mueller cleared Trump of collusion with the Russian meddling and that no decision had been made with regards to obstruction of justice.

Trump has so far hailed the outcome as vindication.

Democrats in Congress have been upset over the way Barr has handled the report, demanding they get to see the full version. Barr has agreed to testify in Congress next month.

By Shabtai Gold, dpa

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