CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Attorney General William Barr held a press conference at the Justice Department on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report Thursday morning and released a redacted version a short time later.
President Donald Trump made remarks at a Wounded Warriors ceremony at the White House following Barr’s update.
The Justice Department released the redacted version of the Mueller report for public consumption and a second version with fewer redactions for a “limited number” of members of Congress to review.
The report was delivered to Capitol Hill at around 11 a.m. and posted publicly on the special counsel’s website.
Earlier this month, Barr released a four-page summary of the report, which President Donald Trump lauded as a “complete and total exoneration.”
The report “does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Barr quotes Mueller as writing.
Democrats, on the other hand, argued that Barr’s accuracy cannot be trusted and have demanded the report be released in full. Five House Democratic committee chairs said in a joint statement Wednesday night that Barr should cancel the press conference.
“With the Special Counsel’s fact-gathering work concluded, it is now Congress’ responsibility to assess the findings and evidence and proceed accordingly,” the joint statement read.
Trump is scheduled to leave for a three-day weekend in South Florida by mid-afternoon and has no public comments scheduled, but he is known to engage with reporters as he departs the White House.
Barr has promised transparency, but said he will redact grand jury material, classified material, information that could impact ongoing investigations and evidence against people not criminally charged.