What is the Mueller report?
Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI, was hired by the Justice Department in 2017 as special counsel to investigate suspected Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The investigation also included "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump," according to the May 2017 letter naming Mueller to that role. He was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The role of U.S. Attorney General William Barr
Attorney General William Barr announced in March that he had received Mueller's report. Barr released a four-page summary letter to Congress. It said in part that Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russia and Trump associates in the 2016 campaign, and that Barr did not believe the evidence in the report was sufficient to prove the president had obstructed justice.
What does redacted mean?
In the context of the Mueller report, redacted means parts of the report that will be blocked from reading. Most likely, the content will be covered, and Barr has said the items that are covered or blacked out will include a reason why that portion was blocked from view.
What parts of the report will be kept secret?
Barr is also overseeing the release of Mueller's report, including decisions on which parts of the report to redact or withhold from Congress and the public. In a recent appearance before members of Congress, Barr said the redactions will include information that by law should not be made public. These include grand jury details, classified information, details of ongoing investigations and the names of people who were not charged with crimes.
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