FBI director says he hasn't read the Mueller report

FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers Thursday that he has not read special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“Have you had an occasion to read the Mueller report?” Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph Crist Biz groups target Florida voters ahead of Democratic debates in Miami White House: Pelosi calling Barr a liar 'beneath her office' Timeline: Barr, Mueller and the Trump probe MORE (D-Fla.) asked Wray during a hearing on the FBI’s budget request for fiscal 2020.

“I have not,” Wray replied.

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Mueller delivered the confidential report concluding his 22-month investigation to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate Attorney General Barr plays bagpipes at conference The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? MORE two weeks ago. The report’s contents have remained closely held within the Justice Department as officials review it for public release.

The FBI is part of the Justice Department, and Mueller's team was assisted by more than three dozen agents from the bureau. 

In a four-page letter to Congress on March 24, Barr revealed that Mueller did not charge anyone associated with President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE’s campaign with conspiring with the Russian government to meddle in the election. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinMueller to testify publicly on July 17 Trump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch MORE also concluded after reviewing Mueller’s report that there was not sufficient evidence to accuse Trump of an obstruction of justice offense, despite the special counsel not making a judgment one way or another.

House Democrats are pressuring Barr to release Mueller’s report in its entirety, without any redactions. Barr has indicated he plans to restrict details that could impact ongoing investigations, grand jury information, classified material and “information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties.”

Barr has said he expects to have a public version of the report prepared by mid-April, if not sooner.

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to authorize its chairman to subpoena the report as well as the underlying evidence associated with it. It's unclear whether or when Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing Hope Hicks: Trump campaign felt 'relief' after WikiLeaks released damaging info about Hillary Clinton House hearing marks historic moment for slavery reparations debate MORE (D-N.Y.) might issue the subpoena