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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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 StoneTwo alleged Oath Keepers from Roger Stone security detail added to conspiracy indictment Authorities arrest Oath Keeper leader seen with Roger Stone Political land mines await Garland at DOJ MORE, a longtime friend of President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech 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 BarrDominion: Ex-Michigan state senator 'sowing discord in our democracy' with election fraud claims Hunter Biden says he doesn't know if Delaware laptop was his Gaetz showed lawmakers nude photos of women he claimed to have slept with: report 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 SchiffHillicon Valley: Intel heads to resume threats hearing scrapped under Trump | New small business coalition to urge action on antitrust policy | Amazon backs corporate tax hike to pay for infrastructure Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden tasks Harris on border; news conference today 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 BurrNorth Carolina mayor Rett Newton launches Senate bid Democratic hopeful Jeff Jackson raises .3M for North Carolina Senate bid Rick Scott 'very optimistic' Grassley will run for another term MORE (R-N.C.), declined to comment Wednesday. 

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerA bold fix for US international taxation of corporations Democrats offer competing tax ideas on Biden infrastructure Five ways an obscure Senate ruling could change Washington 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.