BREAKING: Barr to Hold Press Conference Ahead of Mueller Report Release

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Posted: Apr 17, 2019 4:34 PM
BREAKING: Barr to Hold Press Conference Ahead of Mueller Report Release

Attorney General Bill Barr announced Wednesday afternoon he will hold a joint press conference with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Thursday morning at 9:30 et. At that time, Barr will speak about the release of the long awaited Special Counsel report from the Justice Department. 

Earlier this month Barr released a four page letter outlining the principle findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two year long investigation into the 2016 presidential election: no collusion with Russia and no obstruction of justice from President Trump during the investigation. 

"The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As the report states: "[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," the letter states. 

"The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion -- one way or the other -- as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction," it continues. "After reviewing the Special Counsel's final report on these issues; consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense."

Barr will take questions from reporters. It is not clear if Rosenstein will do the same. 

The final Mueller report will be 400-pages long and will include heavy redactions to 1) protect ongoing investigations 2) protect Gran Jury material and 3) protect sources and methods. Redacted sections will be highlighted with an explanation about why redactions were made. Special Counsel attorneys worked with Barr and Rosenstein to make the proper redactions.

President Trump's legal team is working on a shorter report of their own as a rebuttle. 

This post has been updated with additional information.