(FreedomJournal.com) – The full unedited Mueller report may see the light of day after all.
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton criticized how Attorney General William Barr handled redactions in the report delivered by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III last year, saying there were big discrepancies between what Barr said in public about the findings and the partially-redacted version of the report that was released to the public.
Walton said Barr displayed a “lack of candor,” and he questioned whether Barr was being truthful about the report. As a result, Walton will conduct an independent review of the full Mueller report to check whether he believes Barr’s redactions were indeed appropriate.
In his ruling, Walton wrote:
“In the Court’s view, Attorney General Barr’s representation that the Mueller Report would be ‘subject only to those redactions required by law or by compelling law enforcement, national security, or personal privacy interests’ cannot be credited without the Court’s independent verification in light of Attorney General Barr’s conduct and misleading public statements about the findings in the Mueller Report.”
Walton’s ruling comes in a lawsuit that was filed by BuzzFeed News and watchdog group EPIC, which sought to view the full unredacted version of the report. Mueller’s report was created following his special investigation into whether Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller issued a lengthy report that detailed his findings into whether Trump conspired with Russia to win the election, and then whether Trump tried to obstruct the investigation as well.
Last March, Barr wrote a four-page letter that “principal conclusions” of Mueller’s investigation, and said Mueller didn’t make a “traditional prosecutorial judgment” about Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice. Barr remarked that he came to the conclusion that the president didn’t break the law.
Mueller then complained to Barr, saying the description “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the work or conclusions.
Walton took all of that into consideration when he made his ruling, saying he had “grave concerns about the objectivity of the process” that led to the release of the report to the public. He further stated:
“The Court cannot reconcile certain public representations made by Attorney General Barr with the findings in the Mueller Report. These circumstances generally, and Attorney General Barr’s lack of candor specifically, call into question Attorney General Barr’s credibility.”
This is just the latest case of federal judges apparently unhappy — or at least skeptical — of the supposed growing relationship between the Justice Department and the White House.
Democrats have long now accused Trump of meddling in the affairs of the Justice Department, which is supposed to operate as an independent entity. They have repeatedly made these accusations in regard to Barr and the Mueller investigation, as well as the case of Roger Stone, who was sentenced in February to more than three years in federal prison.
Of course, nothing has been proven yet, despite a lot of noise about these issues. And even though Walton is going to review the full unredacted Mueller report, there is no guarantee that he’s going to find anything contradictory to what Bar released.