Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Letter to AG Barr of March 27, 2019 (pdf and text)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Letter to AG Barr of March 27, 2019 (pdf via House Judiciary Committee)

Text of letter:

⓵︎

March 27, 2019

The Honorable William P. Barr

Attorney General of the United States

Department of Justice

Washington, D.C.

Re: Report of the Special Counsel on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the2016 Presidential Election and Obstruction of Justice (March 2019)

Dear Attorney General Barr:

I previously sent you a letter dated March 25, 2019, that enclosed the introduction and executive summary for each volume of the Special Counsel’s report marked with redactions to remove any information that potentially could be protected by Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e); that concerned declination decisions; or that related to a charged case. We also had marked an additional two sentences for review and have now confirmed that these sentences can be released publicly.

Accordingly, the enclosed documents are in a form that can be released to the public

consistent with legal requirements and Department policies. I am requesting that you provide these materials to Congress and authorize their public release at this time.

As we stated in our meeting of March 5 and reiterated to the Department early in the afternoon of March 24, the introductions and executive summaries of our two-volume report accurately summarize this Office’s work and conclusions. The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions. We communicated that concern to the Department on the morning of March 25. There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in theoutcome of the investigations. See Department of Justice, Press Release (May 17, 2017).

While we understand that the Department is reviewing the full report to determine what is

appropriate for public release – a process that our Office is working with you to complete – that process need not delay release of the enclosed materials.Release at this time would alleviate the misunderstandings that have arisen and would answer congressional and public questions aboutthe nature and outcome of our investigation. It would also accord with the standard for public


⓶︎

release of notifications to Congress cited in your letter. See 28 C.F.R. §︎609(c) (“the Attorney General may determine that public release” of congressional notifications “would be in the public interest”).

Sincerely yours,

Robert S. Mueller III

Special Counsel

Enclosures


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s