Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers on Friday that he expects to have a public version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report ready for release by mid-April and that President Trump has deferred to him to decide what makes it into the redacted document.
“Our progress is such that I anticipate we will be in a position to release the report by mid-April, if not sooner,” Barr wrote to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
“Although the President would have the right to assert privilege over certain parts of the report, he has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review.
Barr’s letter indicates that the Justice Department is all but certain to miss an April 2 deadline set by House Democrats to turn over Mueller’s full report.
Meanwhile, Democrats later Friday said they were standing by the deadline they had given for the Justice Department. “As I informed the Attorney General earlier this week, Congress requires the full and complete Mueller report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence, by April 2,” Nadler said in a statement Friday afternoon.
“That deadline still stands.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, had separately given Barr an April 1 deadline to turn over the document.
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