Attorney General William Barr will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) on Thursday to discuss the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential race, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. The Department of Justice could share it with a limited group of House and Senate leaders in a closed session, as often happens with classified intelligence information. Democrats on the committee and beyond have made it clear that the redacted document Barr intends to release would be insufficient and incomplete.
Barr has faced intense scrutiny from the public and lawmakers on Capitol Hill for his handling of Mueller's report so far. Trump announced Barr's press conference during a radio interview Wednesday before the Justice Department did.
Rudy Giuliani, one of the president's attorneys, said Tuesday that their document will be dozens of pages long.
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee New York Representative Jerrold Nadler said he was prepared to issue subpoenas "very quickly" for the full report on Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign if it was released with blacked-out sections. The Justice Department said earlier this week that the 400-page report will be released on Thursday.
Sale says the request is destined for the courts, and Barr is "duty-bound" to resist a subpoena and would not negotiate grand jury material. They are expected to seize on any negative portrait of the president to demand the release of the full report and will be looking for any signs that Barr is trying to shield Trump and his family. Even some prosecutors who worked for Mueller have said Barr did not accurately represent their findings after he received the report and shared its main conclusions.
President Trump's claim that Robert Mueller's report is a total exoneration is about to be put to the test as what is known about the special counsel's findings swells from four pages to almost 400, undermining the White House's ability to frame the narrative.
Nonetheless, Barr said that he and Rosenstein concluded that the evidence on obstruction didn't warrant a criminal charge. The government's filing Thursday was not a response to that, but rather a notice to the judge assuring her that the report's public release Thursday won't violate her gag order. This follows a long-standing Justice Department precedent to not release damaging information about uncharged individuals because they can not defend themselves in court.
In addition to Comey's firing, Mueller scrutinized the president's request of Comey to end an investigation into Trump's first national security adviser; his relentless badgering of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation; and his role in drafting an incomplete explanation about a meeting his oldest son took at Trump Tower with a Kremlin-connected lawyer. He took no questions. After all, Mueller is the prosecutor in this investigation, not Barr. "Disclosing these facts did not run afoul of the policy against commenting on investigations while they are underway", Barr wrote.
Later, it tries to tie up the matter of what Trump got wrong.
Mr. Trump, meanwhile, has maintained a consistent line.
"While the FBI carries out investigative work, the responsibility for supervising, directing and ultimately determining the resolution of investigations is exclusively the province of the Justice Department's prosecutors", he wrote. Barr signaled in his confirmation hearing in January that he would do things differently. "I'm talking about people in private life, not public office holders". "That's not the way the department does business".
But with the country so divided, political experts doubt the special counsel's findings will change many minds about Trump, and by extension how his base of supporters view his re-election bid.