Special Counsel Robert Mueller has completed his report and it will be released on Thursday. But not all of it will be available to the public. Attorney General William Barr is to redact certain materials from the report.
Grand jury information, such as witness interviews, is normally off-limits, yet it can be obtained in court. Barr has made a statement that he would not to go to court with a request to release it.
He will remove the sensitive or classified information as access to it is restricted by law. But democrats demand to release some of that information saying that public interest outweighs the restriction.
Barr has also said that he will redact all the information related to the ongoing investigations of Mueller, even though the Justice Department has released such information before. At the same time, the Justice Department normally redacts all the information about those interviewed and scrutinized during investigations.
Therefore, such derogatory information will be blacked out from the report as well. “That would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties,” said Barr. He also added that he was not talking about public officeholders.
“If you’re not going to indict someone, then you don’t stand up there and unload negative information about the person,” Barr said. “That’s not the way the Department of Justice does business.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website