Mueller report to be released on Thursday: 5 things to look for

Mueller report to be released on Thursday: 5 things to look for

Mueller report to be released on Thursday: 5 things to look for

A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on foreign interference in the 2016 USA presidential election will reportedly be released Thursday.

The Department of Justice said on Monday that Barr plans to release the redacted version of the almost 400-page report to Congress and the public on Thursday morning.

Perhaps the biggest political risk for Trump is the special counsel's supporting evidence behind Mueller's assertion that while the report does not conclude the Republican president committed the crime of obstruction of justice it "also does not exonerate him" on that point.

"This goes to the larger view of what we think is going on, and what we think the motive here is", said Mr Weissmann, according to a transcript released days later that indicated Mr Mueller might be on the verge of discovering new evidence. Shortly after, President Donald Trump has expressed his disgust with the special counsel's investigation via Twitter, undermining the Mueller Report's the authority in a manner quite predictable for regular followers of Trump's tweets.

Democrats also are skeptical of Barr's conclusion because he has always been opposed to the special counsel investigation and was hired by Trump. Barr said he did not believe the evidence was sufficient to prove that Trump had obstructed justice.

During a stop in Harrisburg on Monday to promote federal legislation to expand on the tax-deferred savings account program for people with disabilities he championed into law in 2014, Casey said he favors the public getting to see a version of the report containing only intelligence-related and possibly some grand jury proceeding redactions.

Barr has pledged to be as transparent as possible.

Mueller is also expected to shed light on whether, once in the White House, Trump sought to obstruct justice, for example by firing James Comey as FBI director in May 2017, when the agency was heading the Russian Federation investigation. It will have color-coded redactions.

Justice Department regulations give Barr, a Trump appointee and the top USA law enforcement officer, broad authority to decide what to release and what to withhold from the report.

"When he [Barr] said in his four-page letter that the government could not establish the existence of a conspiracy-he meant it could not establish it beyond a reasonable doubt", the judicial analyst argued last month, shortly after Barr's summary was released.

Since the report was submitted to Barr, Democrats have sought to have it released and also criticized Barr for issuing an opinion so quickly after the release based on the size of the report.

The attorney general has pledged to testify publicly about the report's conclusions before the Senate and House judiciary committees - on May 1 and 2, respectively. Mueller didn't make a determination on the obstruction charges against the president.

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