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Mueller Report Released -Who’s Protecting Who? (VIDEO)

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WASHINGTON — Nearly a month after Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his findings on Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates to the Department of Justice, his report has finally been released to the public. Some information is being withheld from the public.

Mueller’s report is nearly 400 pages long, Justice Department officials have said. It is the product of an investigation that began in mid-2016, when Moscow was in the midst of a covert operation to try to sway the U.S. presidential election by hacking emails and spreading disinformation on social media.

Attorney General William Barr says he has reviewed the report to remove sensitive information, such as grand jury evidence and classified intelligence. But Democrats are demanding a full, unredacted version, citing precedent from previous investigations in saying they want to see it all.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Barr had “thrown out his credibility & the DOJ’s independence with his single-minded effort to protect Trump.”

“The process is poisoned before the report is even released.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “Barr shouldn’t be spinning the report at all, but it’s doubly outrageous he’s doing it before America is given a chance to read it.”

The White House declined to comment on an ABC News report that it had been briefed on the contents of Mueller’s report beyond what Barr has made public.

At a later date, the Justice Department also plans to provide a “limited number” of members of Congress and their staff access to a copy of the Mueller report with fewer redactions than the public version, according to a court filing Wednesday.

The report is expected to reveal what Mueller uncovered about ties between the Trump campaign and Russia that fell short of criminal conduct. It will also lay out the special counsel’s conclusions about formative episodes in Trump’s presidency, including his firing of FBI Director James Comey and his efforts to undermine the Russia investigation publicly and privately.

Thus begins a political and legal battle that could last for months if not longer.

Read the redacted report yourself at the special counsel’s website,

Lisa Duncan

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