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Watch Live Stream: House Members Read Full Redacted Mueller Report Starting Noon on Thursday

From noon Thursday, more than 20 Democratic representatives will read out the entire redacted Mueller report at the Capitol. Representative Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania, the reading's organizer, thinks that number is likely to grow.

According to The Washington Post, which reported the news Tuesday, the lengthy reading will be live-streamed and later shared as an audiobook. The session will take place in the House Rules Committee Room, and Scanlon estimated it could take between 12 and 14 hours.

Gabby Richards, Scanlon's communications director, told Newsweek the congresswoman's team is planning to stream the event live on her social media accounts and via YouTube. The live video may be broadcast through other outlets, but Scanlon's team is still working to finalize this, Richards added.

 The Youtube live stream is embedded below:

According to the C-SPAN website, the reading will also be broadcast on C-SPAN3, following a press conference starting 11:30 a.m. ET.

Richards confirmed a podcast-style recording of the reading will be made available free of charge on streaming platforms such as SoundCloud and Spotify.

Videos of committee hearings are usually posted to the HouseRules YouTube account and then embedded on the official Congress website (Congress.gov/committees/video/house-rules/hsru00) and the House Rules Committee website ( Rules.House.gov/videos). But Richards confirmed the reading will not be made available on this channel.

Mueller Report, Live Reading House Judiciary Committee member Representative Mary Gay Scanlon speaks during a hearing where members may vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not providing an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., on May 8. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report into alleged Russian interference into the 2016 election was published April 18, following the release of a controversial summary letter by Attorney General William Barr on March 24.

Although the report did not establish collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, it left the issue of Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice undecided.

“The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that would need to be resolved if we were making a traditional prosecutorial judgment,” the report reads. “At the same time, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would state so.”

Scanlon suggested the live reading will help shed light on the details of the report that many will not have read in full. “We’ve been saying for weeks that if you think there was no obstruction and no collusion, you haven’t read the Mueller report. So the ongoing quest has been, ‘How do we get that story out there while we are waiting for the witnesses to come in?’" Scanlon told the Post.

Richards told Newsweek Scanlon had organized the reading because of the report's "serious substance." "This report cannot be summarized in a tweet or four pages, a headline or a news article, and this is another way of delivering the substance of this report to the American people—the truth they deserve," she said.

Representative Jerry Nadler of New York, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, will take the second reading shift after Scanlon, the publication stated.

A vocal critic of Barr’s handling of the report, Nadler said the U.S. was in a “constitutional crisis” on May 8, after the attorney defied a subpoena to share the full, unredacted report. Numerous high-profile Democrats have called for the unredacted document to be shared with Congress, but their efforts have faced resistance, including from Trump himself.

Nadler’s committee—vice-chaired by Scanlon—voted to cite Barr for contempt of Congress over the incident May 8.

This article has been updated with information and comment from Gabby Richards, communications director for Representative Mary Gay Scanlon. It has also been updated with information about the C-SPAN schedule, and with an embedded Youtube live stream of the reading. The headline has been updated to reflect this.

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