In a back-and-forth with Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Attorney General nominee William Barr “threw cold water on the notion that special Robert Mueller’s report might be made public,” the Washington Post reports.
Said Barr: “As the rules stand now, the rules I think say the special counsel will prepare a summary report on any prosecutive or declination decisions, and that shall be confidential and be treated as any other declination or prosecutive material within the department.”
“Declination memos are written by Justice Department officials when they decline to file charges against individuals, essentially ending an investigation. Those memos are held very closely inside the government and not released to the public. By comparing any Mueller report to a declination memo or a prosecution memo, Barr’s answer suggested the long-awaited report from the special counsel may not see the light of day.”Save to Favorites