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Why Won’t Barr Just Release the Mueller Report?

Before allowing the public and Congress to see it for themselves, the attorney general has called a Thursday-morning press conference.
Source: Erin Scott / Reuters

The Justice Department said on Tuesday that it would release Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday, but it didn’t say how. Finally, late on Wednesday, word emerged: Attorney General William Barr will deliver a press conference at 9:30 a.m., followed by the release of the report to Congress and then the public later in the morning.

No wonder DOJ waited so long to detail the rollout: Barr’s decision is baffling. Since Mueller completed his report, Barr

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