DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo

DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) reportedly intends to release special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE’s report on Thursday with limited redactions, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

People familiar with the matter reportedly told the Post that the report will show that Mueller could not reach a conclusion on whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE obstructed justice because it was too difficult to determine the president's intent. They added that some of Trump's actions could be interpreted innocently, according to the Post.

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However, the lightly redacted report will detail evidence collected during the probe, including an analysis of tweets, "private threats" and other reported episodes at the center of Mueller's investigation, according to the paper.

The DOJ did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The report comes ahead of Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Democrats to seek ways to compel release of Trump whistleblower complaint Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt MORE's planned press conference at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Barr reportedly plans to address "process questions" and provide an "overview of the report," a senior DOJ official told the Post.

Congress will receive the report after the news conference around 11:00 a.m. Thursday.

The Justice Department's plan to deliver the report drew an avalanche of criticism from congressional Democrats who accused the administration of trying to spin the report's findings before the public or lawmakers were able to reach their own conclusions.

“This is outrageous. The AG is supposed to be an independent beacon of truth and justice,” Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFederal agency to resume processing some deferred-action requests for migrants Overnight Defense: Trump says he has 'many options' on Iran | Hostage negotiator chosen for national security adviser | Senate Dems block funding bill | Documents show Pentagon spent at least 4K at Trump's Scotland resort Top Oversight Democrat demands immigration brass testify MORE (D-Md.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, tweeted in response to the report.

“Instead, Barr is debasing the rule of law, degrading our democratic institutions, and decimating any trust the American people have left in this Administration,” he added.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden blasts Trump, demands he release transcript of call with foreign leader Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week MORE (D-Calif.) accused Barr of a "single-minded effort" to protect Trump ahead of the report's release.

"AG Barr has thrown out his credibility & the DOJ’s independence with his single-minded effort to protect @realDonaldTrump above all else," Pelosi tweeted. "The American people deserve the truth, not a sanitized version of the Mueller Report approved by the Trump Admin." 

Reports emerged Wednesday that White House lawyers and DOJ officials have had “numerous conversations” about the details of Mueller's findings. The New York Times reported that the discussions have allowed Trump's legal team to begin preparing a rebuttal to the report, which is expected to be more than 400 pages.

Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani Biden blasts Trump, demands he release transcript of call with foreign leader MORE, one of Trump’s attorneys, told the Post that his legal team intends to release a counter-report to Mueller’s final findings. 

Updated 9:20 p.m.