Redacted Mueller Report released, Missouri congressional delegates comment

7 months 3 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:18:00 AM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
By: Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager and The Associated Press

COLUMBIA - Nearly two years after Robert Mueller took on the role of special counsel to look into Russian election interference, the U.S. Department of Justice released the report compiled by Mueller's team to the public.

The "Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election," commonly known as the "Mueller Report," has been redacted in some areas, specifically those with information about ongoing prosecutions and intelligence sources and methods.

You can read the report here.

Attorney General William Barr said Thursday he would allow Congress to view the full report, with only grand jury information being redacted.

In a press conference Thursday morning, Barr said special counsel Robert Mueller’s report recounts 10 episodes involving President Donald Trump that were investigated as potential acts of criminal obstruction of justice.

Barr says Mueller did not reach a “prosecutorial judgment” and that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence was not sufficient to establish the president committed an offense.

In a statement sent out Thursday, Sen. Roy Blunt said the following about the report:

“I look forward to the opportunity to look through the publicly available report. I agree with the four categories of redacted material that will not be made public. I am hopeful that the Senate Intelligence Committee is able to look at all of the report, with the exception of the grand jury material, and believe it will assist us in bringing our investigation of Russian involvement in our elections to a conclusion.”

On Twitter, Sen. Josh Hawley commented on the redactions in the report, saying "They're culling out the material they're legally required to withhold, and then they're going to give all the rest of it to Congress and to the public. And I think that is exactly the right approach."

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer's office sent the following comment on the report:

“Today, every American has the opportunity to see for themselves what President Trump has been saying for two years: there was no collusion. As Special Counsel Mueller’s report states, ‘the investigation did not establish that the Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities.’ With this investigation behind us, it is time for Democrats to put down the talking points and join Republicans in focusing on the priorities of the American people.”

KOMU 8 News has reached out to the offices of Sen. Josh Hawley and Rep. Vicky Hartzler for comment.

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