MSNBC is reporting that Attorney General William Barr will be delivering within the hour his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaigns involvement in it.
The Washington Post reports that members of Congress were notified by letter this afternoon that they will soon receive a letter with Barr’s summary of the “principle conclusions: of the report.
Mueller delivered his report to Barr on Friday afternoon and Barr has been working through the weekend to decide what to include in his summary of the report and what needs to remain redacted either for national security reasons or because of ongoing incompleted investigations that the Special Counsel may have farmed out to other federal prosecutors because the issues involved were outside the narrow purview of his mandate.
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While Republicans politicians have been making the rounds of the Sunday morning news shows to declare that Mueller’s report either exonerates the President entirely — without having actually read the report or knowing what it contains — or, as Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) did, declare that the entire report should be burned before anyone reads it.
‘We can just burn it up,” Nunes said of the report submitted to Attorney General William Barr. “I mean, it is a partisan document. So there’s going to be a lot of calls for that. And the Democrats are going to be saying we need to see the underlying information.”
While Nunes — one of Trump’s staunchest allies and defenders in Congress when he’s not too busy suing Twitter users for making fun of him — went on to repeat the tired and false old Republican talking points that the entire inquiry was a deep state conspiracy concocted by Hillary Clinton supporters in the FBI, his statement about the wishes of the Democrats in Congress was at least accurate.
Indeed, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has stated that she would refuse to accept a redacted, “confidential” briefing about the Mueller Report, and is going to insist on a full release of its findings and materials.
Meanwhile, within the hour, Barr’s summary of the report’s key findings will be on its way to Congress, as we sit anxiously awaiting the first morsels of information from the report to drop.
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