Mueller report to be released ‘hopefully next week’ Barr says Wednesday

Barr said his redactions will not include the reputational interests of the president

Attorney General William Barr testifies during a House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing in Rayburn Building on the Department of Justice's budget request for Fiscal Year 2020 Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Attorney General William Barr told senators Wednesday that Robert S. Mueller III has a fuller explanation of why he did not reach a conclusion about whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice in the special counsel report that will be publicly released “hopefully next week.”

That’s slightly different than “within a week” as he told House appropriators Tuesday about his plans for releasing a redacted version of Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

[Trump says he won’t release his tax returns by House deadline, hasn’t seen Mueller report]

Barr was testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the Justice Department’s fiscal 2020 budget request, but much of the questioning centered on the Mueller investigation.

The attorney general has indicated that he would withhold certain information, including material related to grand juries and “information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties.”

[Democrats ponder power of the purse to get full Mueller report]

During Wednesday’s hearing, Barr said his redactions will not include the reputational interests of the president.

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