DOJ plans to show Senate Intel less-redacted Mueller report, filing shows

DOJ plans to show Senate Intel less-redacted Mueller report, filing shows
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The Justice Department plans to make a minimally redacted version of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s report available to all lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee, a new court filing shows.

The department plans to provide access to Mueller’s report to the Senate panel under the same conditions as the House Intelligence Committee, federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., wrote in a new filing in the case involving Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneWhite House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee Bannon says he discussed how to 'kill this administration in the crib' with Trump before Jan. 6 Roger Stone served with Capitol riot lawsuit during radio interview MORE, a longtime friend of President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE who was charged with lying to Congress and other offenses in connection with Mueller’s investigation. 

The revelation comes as Democrats clamor for more access to Mueller’s evidence and full report, a redacted version of which Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMeadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on Bannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ MORE released in April.

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The Justice Department has agreed to allow lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee review a less-redacted version of the first volume of Mueller’s report — the section examining Russian interference in the election and links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. That offer came after the panel’s chairman, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Manchin heatedly dismisses rumors of leaving Democratic Party Bannon eyed as key link between White House, Jan. 6 riot MORE (D-Calif.), subpoenaed for the full report and evidence as well as foreign and counterintelligence files generated in the course of the investigation.  

According to the new filing, the department plans to allow House Intelligence members and a “limited number” of committee staff to view the minimally redacted report in a secure space.

“Members and staff authorized to review the report will be permitted to take notes, provided those notes are properly secured, and they will be permitted to discuss the report among themselves,” the filing states.

“The government plans to make the minimally redacted report available under the same conditions to the members and limited staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,” it states.

It is not clear the extent to which the Justice Department has been in contact with the Senate Intelligence Committee about the arrangement. A spokesperson for the committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrDemocratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races McConnell gets GOP wake-up call Senate approves short-term debt ceiling increase MORE (R-N.C.), declined to comment Wednesday. 

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Biden seeks to quell concerns over climate proposals Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Intelligence report warns of climate threats in all countries MORE (D-Va.), the committee’s top Democrat, said at a Christian Science Monitor event earlier this month that the panel wants access to all of Mueller’s counterintelligence files. A Warner spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.

Prosecutors made the filing Wednesday to notify a federal judge that the Justice Department would be showing additional members of Congress the less-redacted version of the report, which contains details on Stone’s case. That information was completely restricted from the public version. 

Stone, who is currently fighting to obtain the entire Mueller report as part of his case, has pleaded not guilty and is set to go on trial in November.

Barr released the public version of the report on April 18 — roughly 10 percent of which was redacted to conceal grand jury material, intelligence information and details on ongoing investigations. Afterward, Barr offered to allow Gang of Eight lawmakers as well as the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees to view a less-redacted version that still restricts grand jury material, which is generally prohibited from public release by federal secrecy rules.

However, Democrats have rejected Barr’s proposal as too limited. Both the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees issued subpoenas that demand the full report and underlying evidence.

Schiff had initially scheduled a meeting Wednesday to vote on an “enforcement action” to compel Barr to turn over the files, after claiming the Justice Department had not produced the documents by the deadline stipulated in the subpoena. However, he canceled the meeting earlier Wednesday, after the Justice Department agreed to begin producing some of the foreign intelligence and counterintelligence documents sought by the committee.