A surprising twist has come nearly 18 months following the release of a redacted Mueller report.
As Washington, D.C. Federal Judge Reggie Walton ruled yesterday that sections previously censored now must be made public.
Judge Walton told, “Based on the Court’s review of the unredacted version of the Mueller Report, the Court concludes that the Department has failed to satisfy its burden to demonstrate that the withheld material is protected by the deliberative process privilege.”
The decision apparently does not apply to Mueller’s entire report. Judge Walton determined that redaction of information concerning inner workings of the grand jury, including names of witnesses and members of the grand jurors was “appropriate.”
His ruling announced, “Although the Court acknowledges that the public interest in the Special Counsel’s investigation is substantial, the Court finds that the plaintiffs have failed to identify a public interest that would outweigh the individuals’ privacy interest from having their names disclosed,”
Former FBI Director slash Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors had completed their investigation in March of 2019. His ‘Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election’ was released mid-April by U.S. Attorney General William Barr in a limited format.
Barr had argued the concealed information was privileged and the Department of Justice had a right to hold it back. Judge Walton arriving at his decision after months of review.
Many on the right claim this probe was conducted under false pretenses. They point to a series of counter surveillance measures into Pres. Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign led by the FBI known as Crossfire Hurricane. While they allege this was more a cover up and that is the real crime.
After Walton obtained an uncensored version of Mueller’s report, he sounded off against AG Barr.
And declared that Barr jumped the gun with a false representation of those findings. It is unknown as of right now if the DOJ will try and appeal.