UPDATED 6:34 AM PT — Tuesday, May 7, 2019
The Department of Justice has released a second redacted version of the Mueller report. This version was released Monday after a Washington-based research center known as EPIC and a Buzzfeed journalist filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit citing transparency.
The reporter who took the issue to court — Jason Leopold — even admitted the second version did not seem to provide any new information.
It appears the version of the report is identical but clearly identifies what info was withheld in response to ongoing investigations, etc.
— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) May 6, 2019
The department explained why certain redactions were made in the initial report, and why some of that information is exempt from release under FOIA law. The sensitive material includes not only grand jury information, but also that which could affect national security, law enforcement tactics and information which could hurt a person’s right to privacy or a fair trial.
This comes after EPIC and Leopold threatened to take the Department of Justice to court to challenge each redaction.
Despite this attempt to go around the attorney general, both versions show their was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. There was not sufficient evidence to bring charges on obstruction.
“Ultimately, Mueller did not find that, did not decide to go forward with criminal charges against Trump or some of the other figures that were around him at the early stages of his administration or during the campaign,” stated Julie Pace, Washington bureau chief – Associated Press.
The non-profit research center is also suing for the underlying information used to write the Mueller report.
Democrat Chairman Jerry Nadler of the House Judiciary Committee said he will meet with the Justice Department in an attempt at obtaining the full unredacted report.