Justice Dept. to give less-redacted Mueller report to Senate Intelligence Committee

May 22, 2019

The Justice Department intends to make a minimally-redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s available to all members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to a Wednesday court filing.

Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., revealed the plan in a court filing in their case against longtime Republican strategist Roger Stone. They said they have made the less-redacted report available to the House Intelligence Committee under certain conditions and will do the same with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“The government plans to make the minimally redacted report available under the same conditions to the members and limited staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence,” wrote Jessie K. Liu, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department agreed to allow House Intelligence Committee members to review a less redacted version of Volume I of Mr. Mueller’s report, which details Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The offer was made after committee chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, issued a subpoena for the full report and 12 categories of counterintelligence information.

Prosecutors said the Justice Department made the less-redacted report available to House Intelligence Committee members and a limited number of committee staff. Members and staff will be permitted to take notes, provided those notes are secured and they will be permitted to discuss the report among themselves, according to the court filing.

It is not clear if the Senate Intelligence Committee had been pushing for the Mueller report with the same fervor as its House counterpart. The committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia, said the panel wants the entire report, including grand jury information which cannot be released under law.

Mr. Stone’s attorneys are seeking access to the full Mueller report as part of the legal defense strategy. Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered prosecutors to turn over an unredacted copy as she mulls Mr. Stone’s request.

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