DOJ issues statement defending Barr's summary in wake of Mueller report leaks

DOJ issues statement defending Barr's summary in wake of Mueller report leaks
Robert Mueller/Screengrab
Robert Mueller/Screengrab

The Department of Justice released a statement in wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s office leaking their displeasure with Attorney General Bill Barr’s four-page summary.

“Every page of the “confidential report” provided to Attorney General Barr on March 22, 2019 was marked “May Contain Material Protected Under Fed. R. Crim. P. 6(e)” — a law that protects confidential grand jury information — and therefore could not be publicly released,” the statement read. “Given the extraordinary public interest in this matter, the Attorney General decided to release the report’s bottom-line findings and his conclusions immediately — without attempting to summarize the report — with the understanding that the report itself would be released after the redaction process.”

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