Attorney General William P. Barr has told Congress his office will deliver Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on his investigation of President Trump and Russian interference in the 2016 election by mid-April.
He announced his intention in a letter addressed to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judciary, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary.
“Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own,” Barr wrote.
He wrote that his office is preparing the report for release and “making the redactions that are required.”
Those redactions, he said, will include material subject to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure which by law cannot be made public, material the intelligence community has identified as potentially compromising “sensitive sources and methods,” material that could affect other ongoing investigations, and “information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties.”
Mueller is helping his office prepare the report, he said.
He also wrote that he does not anticipate leting the preident of White House read the report in advance of its delivery to Congress.
“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 wrote.
He also disputed the characterization by the press that his four-page letter announcing the completion of Mueller’s report, released March 24, was a “summary” of that report.
Mueller’s report is nearly 400 pages long, not including appendices and other material, according to Barr’s letter.
“I do not believe it would be in the public’s interest for me to attempt to summarize the full report or to release it in serial or piecemeal fashion,” he wrote.
He also pledged his willingness tro testify publicly to Congress after the report is made public, suggesting May 1 before the Senate Judiciary Committee and May 2 for the House Judiciary Committee.