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Justice Department to release Mueller report in mid-April — 'if not sooner'

The report is 'nearly 400 pages long'

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The Department of Justice announced Friday that, within the next few weeks, it will release special counsel Robert Mueller's report from his two-year investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election.

What are the details?

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Attorney General William Barr announced that he planned to release Mueller's report "by mid-April, if not sooner."

Barr wrote that the report "is nearly 400 pages long" without including additional "tables and appendices" and "sets forth the Special Counsel's findings, his analysis, and the reasons for his conclusions."

He said that he thought it was "in the public's interest" to release a full report instead of just a summary. However, the report will be redacted in some places, including where the Department of Justice determines that not doing so would violate personal privacy, sensitive sources, any details "subject to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure," and anything that would "affect other ongoing matters, including those that the Special Counsel has referred to other Department offices."

He added that the summary he had already released was a "supplemental notification" and not supposed to be viewed as "an exhaustive recounting of the Special Counsel's investigation or report."

He also volunteered to testify before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees in May regarding the report. He signed off by informing Graham and Nadler that "in the interests of keeping the public informed as to these matters" he was making the letter he was sending them public as well.

Trump won't review the report before it's released

The letter also said that while President Donald Trump had "the right to assert privilege over certain parts of the report," the president "has stated publicly that he intends to defer" all such decisions to Barr "and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review.

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