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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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' 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 BarrBill BarrSeattle, Portland, NYC sue Trump administration over threat to pull federal money Trump says he doesn't actually want Whitmer, Biden and Obama to be locked up despite chants Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo 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 Cummings'Kamala' and 'Kobe' surge in popularity among baby names Women of color flex political might Black GOP candidate accuses Behar of wearing black face in heated interview 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 PelosiTrump predicts GOP will win the House Hillicon Valley: Five takeaways on new election interference from Iran, Russia | Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs | On The Money: Pelosi cites progress, but says COVID-19 relief deal might be post-election | Eviction crisis sparked by pandemic disproportionately hits minorities | Weekly jobless claims fall to 787K 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 GiulianiShift in tone dominates at final Trump-Biden clash Biden swipes at Trump ally Giuliani at debate: He's 'being used as a Russian pawn' Trump strikes different tone as debate opens, then grows more combative 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.