Attorney General William Barr on Friday notified lawmakers that he intends to provide information about the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report “as soon as this weekend.”
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Democrats immediately pushed the Department of Justice to make Mueller’s report available to Congress.
In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said it was “imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress.”
The two pressed Barr not to provide a “sneak preview” to Trump or his staff, and wrote that “the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public.”
House Judiciary Chair Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., wrote on Twitter that he looked forward to “getting the full Mueller report and related materials.”
“Transparency and the public interest demand nothing less,” Nadler wrote. “The need for public faith in the rule of law must be the priority.”
The full text of Barr’s letter is below:
Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins:
I write to notify you pursuant to 28 C.F.R. § 600.9(a)(3) that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters. In addition to this notification, the Special Counsel regulations require that I provide you with “a description and explanation of instances (if any) in which the Attorney General” or acting Attorney General “concluded that a proposed action by a Special Counsel was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued.” 28 C.F.R. § 600.9(a)(3). There were no such instances during the Special Counsel’s investigation.
The Special Counsel has submitted to me today a “confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions” he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R. § 600.8(c). I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.
Separately, I intend to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law, including the Special Counsel regulations, and the Department’s long-standing practices and policies. I remain committed to as much transparency as possible and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review.
Finally, the Special Counsel regulations provide that “the Attorney General may determine that public release of” this notification would be in the public interest.” 28 C.F.R. § 600.9(c). I have so determined, and I will disclose this letter to the public after delivering it to you.
William P. Barr
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