DOJ: Mueller Report Likely to Be Released Thursday

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DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec confirmed to TPM the timeline of the expected release of the report.

The announcement comes after Attorney General William Barr testified before Senate lawmakers last week that the highly-anticipated report would be released "next week".

Mueller officially concluded his investigation late last month and submitted the confidential report to Barr.

The report, which runs almost 400 pages without exhibits, has been the subject of heated debate since Attorney General William P. Barr notified lawmakers last month that Mueller had completed his 22-month investigation. Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., has threatened to subpoena the Justice Department to release Mueller's report and related documents, if he and Barr can not come to an agreement over redactions and the special counsel's underlying evidence.

But Mueller did not reach a definitive conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. "Answer - Dirty Cops, Dems and Crooked Hillary!"

Democrats, meanwhile, have dismissed Barr's summary of Mueller's report, arguing it is both incomplete and insufficient. Barr also has said he planned to redact material related to intelligence-gathering sources and methods.

The president's latest comments come days after he called the probe an attempted "coup", while Barr promised to investigate FBI "spying" on Trump. Two days later, Barr released a four-page letter summarising what he said were Mueller's primary conclusions, notably that the investigation did not establish that members of Trump's election campaign conspired with Russian Federation. "That is, never forget, the crime".

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Barr may have been referring to a surveillance warrant the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained in the fall of 2016 to monitor the communications of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, admitted to lying to Congress about the project to provide cover because Trump on the campaign trail had denied any dealings with Russian Federation.

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

Democrats have questioned how Barr could boil down Mueller's full report so quickly and allege that it may have been written in a favorable way for the president.

Mueller's 400-page report most likely lays out the factual findings and legal analysis of the investigation, which resulted in numerous convictions.

But how much of the report is made public is an open question.

Lemire reported from NY.

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