Mueller report to be released on Thursday: What you won't see

George Danby | BDN
  George Danby | BDN

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On Thursday, three weeks after it was first submitted, the public will finally get to see at least part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's extensive final report on Russia's meddling into the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller investigated Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe. "These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others!" But the political battle is far from finished over the special counsel's investigation of Russian efforts to help Trump in 2016 and whether there was cooperation with his campaign.

"No matter what's redacted, they're gonna say that's the evidence of conspiracy and the attorney general is covering up", King said. The House Judiciary Committee is poised to try to compel Mr. Barr to turn over an unredacted copy as well as the report's underlying investigative files.

The Justice Department announced Monday that it expects to release the redacted version Thursday morning, sending the findings of the almost two-year probe to Congress and making them available to the public.

Attorney General William Barr has said he is redacting four types of information from the report, which the Justice Department says will be released Thursday. "Just in time for Easter, it will be a insane quilt of colors created to cover up key facts and, nearly more important, break the flow - and diminish the power - of the Mueller Report as written", tweeted Elizabeth de la Vega, who served as a federal prosecutor for more than two decades.

The special counsel's team finalized questions for the president last May.

Democrats are especially eager to see what Mr. Mueller says about obstruction of justice after the special counsel specifically said the report was not an exoneration.

The questions, obtained by Fox News at the time, covered a wide range of topics, including whether the president had knowledge of contacts between former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the former Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak; the topics and comments made during meetings with former FBI Director James Comey before he was sacked; his interactions with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his feelings regarding his recusal from the Russia investigation; and the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 involving Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, among others. The White House likely will claim final vindication. We also learned that 30 years ago, while in this same position, Barr had done something remarkably similar to what his critics are speculating he has with regard to his portrayal of the Mueller Report.

While the president unleashed his personal grievances, his team seized on any exculpatory information in Barr's letter, hoping to define the conversation in advance, according to White House officials and outside advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss private deliberations.

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Nadler said that even though Barr concluded no obstruction charges should be brought against Trump, his decision should not go without review.

The victory lap was deliberately premature, they said. "Distinctly apolitical, he confounds those who can't comprehend a person driven by his all too uncommon values: honor, integrity, humility, service".

"We have very smart people who will be reading it", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said Tuesday in a CNN interview.

"It's a total phony", Trump said of all allegations to Minneapolis TV station KSTP this week. "The reason for this is because Republicans and Democrats in the electorate hate the other side so much".

Barr later softened his tone to "I am not saying improper surveillance occurred".

It is certainly possible that, when all the smoke has finally cleared, Attorney General Bill Barr's controversial summary of the final report will vindicated, and Trump will be largely, if not totally exonerated of criminal behavior. That's objectively true, as Barr noted in congressional testimony last week, as the investigation started as a counter-intelligence operation fueled by a surveillance warrant approved by a FISA court on Carter Page.

Mr. Trump is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and participate in a Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride the day Barr is expected to release Mueller's redacted report.

George Papadopoulos lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his attempts to get Clinton dirt from Russian Federation.

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