When Will Mueller Report Be Released, Made Public?

Update: The public will be able to read a "lightly redacted" version of the Mueller report on April 18.

Original article: Over the weekend, after months of waiting, Americans finally got a glimpse of special counsel Robert Mueller's long-anticipated report on his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr submitted a summary to Congress of the key conclusions he had drawn from Mueller's report, writing that the special counsel had not found evidence that either Trump or his campaign had conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election, and that the Mueller report did not definitively determine whether the president had obstructed justice. While the report did not conclude that Trump had committed a crime, it did not exonerate him.

"The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," Barr wrote in his letter to Congress.

While the letter did provide an answer to one of the biggest questions surrounding Mueller's ongoing investigation—whether the special counsel had found evidence that Trump had conspired with the Russians to sway the election—Congress has clamored for the public release of the full report.

It is unclear just how long the public will have to wait to read the full document, assuming it's released at all.

It will be up to the attorney general to decide how much of the report to make public.

Barr has said he remains "committed to as much transparency as possible" but previously suggested that he would be willing to keep certain aspects of the report confidential.

Already, Democrats have demanded a full release of Mueller's report, as well as the supporting evidence his team collected during the investigation to come to its conclusions.

Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it was "imperative" that the full report be made public.

"The American people have a right to the truth," Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.

They also warned that the White House "must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public."

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has already said that the Trump administration had no plans to interfere with the release of the investigation's findings, saying in a statement: "We look forward to the process taking its course," according to The Associated Press.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, appeared to counter that, saying that the president's legal team would make efforts to ensure that the administration gets an "early look" before Mueller's findings go public.

Giuliani asserted it was "appropriate" for the White House to have the opportunity "to review matters of executive privilege."

For his part, Trump welcomed the report after learning of Barr's summary, tweeting that the findings were a "Complete and total EXONERATION," despite the fact that Mueller's report did not exonerate him.

Still, Trump lauded the report's findings of "No Collusion, No Obstruction," adding in his tweet: "KEEP AMERICA GREAT!"

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller walks after attending church on March 24, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Mueller's report on the findings of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election is complete. Tasos Katopodis/Getty
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