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story.lead_photo.caption Attorney General William Barr leaves his home Monday in McLean, Va.

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General William Barr will release a redacted version of the special counsel's report Thursday morning, a Justice Department spokesman said Monday, the latest step in a dispute with Democratic lawmakers over how much information they are allowed to see.

The report, which runs almost 400 pages, will be released to both Congress and the public, spokesman Kerri Kupec said.

Barr will send the report after lawyers from the Justice Department and the office of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, finish blacking out secret grand jury testimony, classified information, material related to continuing investigations and other sensitive information.

Barr, who was sworn in as attorney general in February, said in a letter to congressional judiciary committee leaders last month that the report "sets forth the special counsel's findings, his analysis and the reasons for his conclusions" in his inquiry into possible links between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia's election interference, as well as whether Trump illegally obstructed the investigation.

"Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own," Barr said of the report.

Barr and Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, drew criticism when they concluded that Trump had not committed "an obstruction-of-justice offense" in lieu of a determination from Mueller. Some prosecutors who worked for Mueller have said Barr did not accurately represent their findings after he received the report and shared its main conclusions last month.

Under the special counsel rules, the attorney general can decide whether to share the report with the public and how much of it to release. But Democrats have shown an unwillingness to rely on Barr's judgments.

The House Judiciary Committee voted to authorize its chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., to subpoena Barr to compel him to turn over an unredacted copy of the special counsel's report and its underlying investigative files.

"As I have made clear, Congress requires the full and complete special counsel report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence," Nadler said in a statement this month.

Barr has said he will make himself available to testify before the Senate and House Judiciary committees next month.

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the House Judiciary Committee's top Republican, has also asked that the committee invite Mueller to testify. "It is Special Counsel Mueller who is best positioned to testify regarding the underlying facts and material in which you are so interested," Collins wrote in a letter to Nadler.

Ahead of the report's release, Trump on Monday stepped up his criticism of the investigation and its origins.

"Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction," Trump tweeted. "These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!"

"The Mueller Report," he said in another tweet, "which was written by 18 Angry Democrats who also happen to be Trump Haters (and Clinton Supporters), should have focused on the people who SPIED on my 2016 Campaign, and others who fabricated the whole Russia Hoax. That is, never forget, the crime."

He has told confidants in recent days that he was certain the full report would back up his claims of vindication but was also convinced the media would manipulate the findings in an effort to damage him, according to two Republicans close to the White House who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. In the waiting game's final days, the White House has continued to try to shape the narrative.

"There was no obstruction, which I don't know how you can interpret that any other way than total exoneration," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News Sunday.

Information for this article was contributed by Katie Benner of The New York Times; and by Michael Balsamo, Jonathan Lemire and Chad Day of The Associated Press.

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  • Illinoisroy
    April 16, 2019 at 7:47 a.m.

    Reality administration.

  • Skeptic1
    April 16, 2019 at 8:21 a.m.

    It won't matter what is released or when it is released. The Dems went for broke buying into Hillary's smoke screen to hide her own crimes, and now they are left holding an empty bag. The report that really matters is the one from the Inspector General coming out in the next few weeks, plus Barr's investigation into how the Russia Hoax began.

  • mrcharles
    April 16, 2019 at 8:57 a.m.

    Raise your hand if you believe DT believes putin or is there something else behind this absurd statement.

    russian hoax? Strange, did russia interfere in merica? hey, says the hey guy did not treasury dept remove sanctions against the rusal and oleg deripaska .... hey who picked the treasury dept.... hey , hey, hey is rusal investing millions in one of our factories.... sinister underpinning of our country...hey is not barr a hand picked previous supporter of you cannot indite DT while emperor.

  • Skeptic1
    April 16, 2019 at 9:27 a.m.

    mrcharles...civics lesson Prog. ALL cabinet appointments are political appointments by the president. The AG and the Treasury Secretary are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. So, was Eric Holder a political hack that say....refused to prosecute Hillary for her gross illegal conduct, obstructing justice by destroying tens of thousands of emails, smashed her Blackberries, used Bleach Bit to destroy other files? Naw..... Earth to Progs, Barr was a successful previous AG and came out of retirement to it again, he doesn't need the job, doesn't need to build his resume, and has ZERO reason to do anything other than follow the law as he always has.

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    April 16, 2019 at 10:16 a.m.

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    2 0 2 0

  • Illinoisroy
    April 16, 2019 at 11:52 a.m.

    Skeptic,
    Prog is not an insult. Without progress we would still be living in caves.

    Wowy,
    America is already great, don't need to make again. If you disagree please advise which countries are better!

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  • wowy
    April 16, 2019 at 12:17 p.m.

    Where are the Christian hatein, gay loving communists??
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  • wowy
    April 16, 2019 at 12:34 p.m.

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    The Spiritual Hierarchy which is mostly liberal in their support has vended to the Will of the Most High, the Will of the Almighty...
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