Attorney General William Barr offered Congress a four-page summary of the special counsel’s findings in the Russian interference investigation, but according to officials familiar with Robert Mueller’s report, it is greater than 300 pages in length.
The Washington Post reported that the discrepancy Barr’s summary and Mueller’s comprehensive report has left some lawmakers, particularly Democrats, to wonder if the attorney general is covering up damaging information the report might contain.
Barr’s letter to Congress over the weekend gave what he called the “principal conclusions” Mueller reached in the investigation, including “Mueller had not found evidence that the Trump campaign took part in a conspiracy to undermine the election. But he had notably declined to publicly disclose its length,” the Post said.
But the sheer volume of pages in the report — titled “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” — indicates that rather than provide “the kind of bare-bones summary required by the Justice Department regulation governing his appointment,” Mueller opted to detail his findings at length.
To date, neither Barr nor any other Justice Department officials have publicly stated the length of Mueller’s report. By comparison, the Post noted that the “road map” sent to Congress by the grand jury investigating Watergate was just 62 pages. That 1974 report was only made public last year.
It remains unclear whether or to what extent Mueller’s report will be released to the public, as Barr has indicated it will be weeks until his and Mueller’s teams have finished reviewing its contents for necessary redactions.