Mueller report to be released Thursday

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE’s report will be released on Thursday morning, a Justice Department spokesperson said.

Democrats in Congress have been insisting on the release of the full report, but Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBarr says he has seen 'nothing' to undercut Epstein autopsy findings Prosecutors are mainly to blame for the criminal justice crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes MORE has said that certain information — like grand jury material and information relating to other ongoing investigations — will be redacted from the document.

Barr sent a letter to Congress late last month announcing the end of Mueller's probe and outlining the core conclusions of the special counsel's investigation, including a finding that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election.

Barr also wrote in that letter that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE obstructed justice, but said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Rosenstein10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Why the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing MORE determined that the evidence was not sufficient to bring forward such a charge. 

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Barr had said last week during his testimony before a House panel that the report would be released “within a week,” and told senators the next day that it would come out “next week.”

The report's release has been highly anticipated, as it's expected to include the findings of Mueller's 22 month-long investigation, as well as the evidence collected by investigators.

While Barr said Mueller found that there was no coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign during Russia's interference in the 2016 election, Democrats have argued that the report could still include evidence of collusion.

And they point to Mueller's decision to not reach a conclusion on obstruction of justice in their claims that the report will show wrongdoing by the president.

Barr in his letter quoted Mueller's report as saying that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

On the other side of the aisle, Trump and his Republican allies have heralded the investigation's conclusion as the end of a "witch hunt," with Trump tweeting Monday morning, "INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!"

Trump said last week that he hadn't seen the report.

“As far as I’m concerned, I don’t care about the Mueller report. I've been totally exonerated,” the president told reporters at the time.

The report's release is almost certain to set up a battle between the Justice Department and Democratic lawmakers seeking the release of the entire report and all of the evidence collected by Mueller.

Barr said last week that he did not plan on asking a court's permission to release grand jury material included in the report. And a federal appeals court ruled earlier this month that a judge does not have the inherent authority to release grand jury information, making it all the less likely that those details will be made public.

--Updated at 12:25 p.m.