DOJ Statement on AG Barr Summary of Mueller Report
The Department of Justice released a statement defending the Attorney General Bill Barr and his summary of Robert Mueller‘s report.
Every page of the confidential report provided to Attorney General Barr on March 22nd, 2019, was marked “May contain material protected under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6-e,” a law that protects confidential grand jury information – and therefore could not be publicly released. Given the extraordinary public interest in the matter, the Attorney General decided to release the report’s bottom line findings in his conclusions immediately – without attempting to summarize the report – with the understanding that the report itself would be released after the redaction process.
DOJ says that AG Barr doesn’t want the full report released in a “serial or piecemeal process,” and that they are working with the Mueller’s team to reach an agreement on “appropriate redactions” before the full report goes public.