William Barr's redacted Mueller report expected to be released Thursday

US Attorney General William Barr testifies during a US House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the Department of Justice Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2019. - The US attorney general told Congress Wednesday he believes the FBI spied on President Donald Trump's election campaign and said he is opening an investigation into whether it was justified. Amid fresh charges by Trump that he was the target of an "attempted coup," Bill Barr told lawmakers the FBI may have gone too far in opening a counterintelligence probe into Trump's 2016 operation. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Justice Department officials say Attorney General William Barr is set to release his redacted version of the special counsel’s Russia probe report on Thursday. Both Congress and the public will be privy to the redacted report, according to department spokesperson Kerri Kupec.

The report has become the source of a heated debate between Barr and House Democrats, who have repeatedly requested that Robert Mueller’s full unredacted report be released to them. The version Barr releases is bound to become the source of extreme speculation after Barr took it upon himself to exonerate Donald Trump of criminal obstruction of justice even though Mueller’s report expressly said Trump had not been exonerated by the evidence. Trump used Barr’s declaration to claim “complete and total” exoneration of both obstruction and collusion, a talking point his aides now regret as the prospect of at least some of Trump’s previously unknown actions being revealed becomes a reality. That said, Barr’s redactions are almost certain to be heavy handed in Trump’s favor given that he has now outed himself as a partisan hatchet man

But the redacted report also promises to set forth a period of political and legal wrangling. House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler has a subpoena ready to go for the full report and has been simply waiting to see what Barr actually reveals. 

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