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Top Democrats reject Barr's offer to view less-redacted Mueller report

Attorney General William Barr
Attorney General William Barr. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Justice Department granted 12 Congressional leaders access to a less-redacted Mueller report on Thursday, but Democrats said on Friday that this proposal "is not acceptable," demanding the full report and "underlying evidence ... to fulfill its constitutional responsibilities."

Details: In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Democrats said they will not review the report under the restricted conditions because the findings "will only be fully understood with access to redacted material." Per the letter submitted to Barr on Friday evening, the group of Democrats refuses to "agree to an arrangement that does not include a mechanism for ensuring access to grand jury material."

DOJ to send Mueller report redactions to select members of Congress

Special counsel Robert Mueller
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The Department of Justice revealed a list of 12 congressional members, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who will be able to view a copy Mueller report with fewer redactions between April 22 and April 26.

Details: Ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, the "Gang of Eight" and 1 designated staffer per member will have access to the report "via in camera review to certain material redacted." The selected members will be allowed to view the report in secured spaces from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next week and again on the week of April 29. This version will still include redactions for grand jury information, but other categories of blacked-out text — such as material related to ongoing investigations — will be visible. No grand jury information can be shared without a court order.