Federal Judge Asks DOJ To Explain Itself After Reading Unredacted Mueller Repor

Sarah Shaiman

Judge Walton, a Bush appointee, is ordering the Department of Justice to appear in court by July 20 for questioning.

A federal judge who read the unredacted Mueller report is demanding answers from the Department of Justice, according to a Law & Crime Report.

  • Judge Reggie Walton, a George W. Bush appointee, is ordering the DOJ to appear on July 20 at 9:30 a.m. to answer questions the court still has “regarding certain redactions of the Mueller Report.” 
  • If necessary, the hearing will continue an additional two days. 
  • The upcoming hearing is the latest “development in the lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), BuzzFeed and BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold.”
  • Walton “previously said that Attorney General William Barr ‘distorted’ the findings of the redacted Mueller Report,” Law & Crime noted.

Walton wrote,

“Having reviewed the unredacted version of the Mueller Report, the Court cannot assess the merits of certain redactions without further representations from the Department. However, because the Court must discuss the substance of the redactions with the Department, and because such a discussion cannot occur remotely due to the lack of a secure connection between the Court and the Department necessary to avoid disclosure of the redacted information, and in light of Chief Judge Howell’s May 26, 2020 Order, In re: Further Extension of Postponed Court Proceedings in Standing Order 20-9 and Limiting Court Operations in Exigent Circumstances Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Standing Order No. 20-29 (BAH), it is hereby ORDERED that the status conference currently scheduled for June 18, 2020, is VACATED.”

Read the full report here. 

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