WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr will release a redacted version of the special counsel’s report on Thursday morning, a Justice Department spokeswoman said 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.
Mr. Barr will send the report after lawyers from the Justice Department and the office of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, finish blacking out secret grand jury testimony, classified information, material related to continuing investigations and other sensitive information.
Mr. 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 Mr. Trump illegally obstructed the investigation.
“Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own,” Mr. Barr said of the report.
Mr. Barr and Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, set off a firestorm when they concluded that Mr. Trump had not committed “an obstruction-of-justice offense” in lieu of a determination from Mr. Mueller himself. Some prosecutors who worked for Mr. Mueller have said Mr. Barr did not accurately represent their findings after he received the report and shared its main conclusions last month.
[Read the key Mueller findings.]
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 Mr. Barr’s judgments.
The House Judiciary Committee voted to authorize its chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, to subpoena Mr. 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,” Mr. Nadler said in a statement this month.
Mr. Barr has said he will make himself available to testify before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees next month after the report is released.
Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, the House Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, has also asked that the committee invite Mr. 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,” Mr. Collins wrote in a letter to Mr. Nadler.
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