The redacted Mueller report that has been reviewed by Attorney General William Barr is expected to be released on Thursday morning.
The reported 400 page report has been of much discussion in recent weeks because initially, Barr came out with a summary of the report that showed there was no evidence of collusion between President Trump and the Russian government.
He also summarized that the Mueller team did not make a conclusion on whether or not President Trump obstructed justice.
This summary of the report infuriated many Democrats considering it completely debunked their Russia conspiracy theory pipe dream.
NPR summarized what we should be expecting from the redacted Mueller report:
Mueller was appointed in the spring of 2017 to investigate whether President Trump’s campaign conspired with the Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The fact of the interference itself had been long-established, and last month Attorney General William Barr told Congress that Mueller did not find that Trump’s campaign was involved with it.
Barr also told Congress that Mueller didn’t establish that Trump broke the law in trying to frustrate the investigation — but neither did Mueller’s office “exonerate” the president.
Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded for themselves, based on the special counsel’s findings, that Trump would not face obstruction-of-justice charges.
With that established, what’s the point of the report?
What the document is expected to reveal are the factual findings and legal analysis that underpinned the conclusions already shared by Barr.
Democrats are hoping that the report will have damning information on President Trump but that is very unlikely.
Last week, Democrats’ dreams were crushed once again when Barr noted while testifying to the House Appropriations Committee, that Mueller declined his request to review his summary of the overall Mueller report.
The letter of the 24th [of March], Mr. Mueller’s team did not play a role in drafting that document, although we offered him the opportunity to review it before we sent it out, and he declined that,” Barr said while testifying to the House Appropriations Committee.
Democrats and members of the media have accused Barr of inaccurately summarizing Mueller’s report when he said that there was no evidence from the investigation that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and not enough evidence to show President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
A thinly sourced report from The New York Times similarly claimed that members of the special counsel team were upset with Barr’s letter to Congress because they believe the actual report is much more damaging to the president.
Barr’s indication that he offered Mueller the opportunity to review the letter — and that the special counsel’s team is working with Barr on the release of the report — seemed to undercut that theory.
If there was truly damning information on President Trump in the report, Mueller would certainly want to review Barr’s conclusions but he didn’t.
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