Barr to hold Thursday press conference on Mueller report

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMerrick Garland on list to be Biden's attorney general: report DOJ dropping charges against ex-Mexican defense minister DOJ watchdog finds Louisiana inmates with coronavirus were not isolated for a week MORE will hold a press conference Thursday morning on the release of 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, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday.

Both Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House MORE, who previously oversaw the Mueller probe, will be at the press conference, scheduled for 9:30 a.m.


A DOJ spokesperson said earlier this week that Mueller’s redacted report would be released Thursday morning.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE also said Wednesday that Barr would be holding a press conference and that he also might hold his own conference.

The release of Mueller's report is highly anticipated, as it's expected to include the special counsel's findings during the course of his 22 month investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Barr said in a letter to Congress last month that Mueller determined that there was no coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, but that the special counsel did not reach such a conclusion on obstruction of justice.

Rather, Barr said, Mueller laid out the evidence for both sides of an obstruction charge. The attorney general said he and Rosenstein determined that the evidence was not sufficient to bring forward such a charge against Trump.

That evidence is likely to be seized upon by Democrats in Congress, some of whom have argued that Barr should not have been the one to decide against charging the president with obstruction.

But the report is also expected to be heavily redacted, as Barr has said he will not include some information, such as grand jury materials, in the public version of the report.

The House Judiciary Committee, led by chairman Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats accuse GSA of undermining national security by not certifying Biden win Barr sparks DOJ firestorm with election probes memo Marijuana stocks see boost after Harris debate comments MORE (D-N.Y.), voted along party lines earlier this month to authorize a subpoena to obtain the full report from the DOJ. And Democrats are threatening to use that subpoena if they feel that too much information has been left out of the report.

Meanwhile, Republicans — including Trump himself — have used Barr's summary letter on the Mueller report to claim that the president is exonerated of all wrongdoing.