Justice Department must release redacted portions of Mueller report before Election Day

Justice Department must release redacted portions of Mueller report dealing with criminal charges before Election Day, judge rules

  • he censored parts of the report dealt with potential criminal charges, Russia’s hack of the Democratic National Committee, and the Trump campaign’s interest in stolen DNC emails, BuzzFeed reported.
  • In a 40-page opinion released Wednesday, US District Court Judge Reggie Walton said the agency violated federal law when it redacted sections of the report dealing with, among other things, discussions within the special counsel’s office about whether to charge certain individuals with crimes. Government attorneys had justified their decision to withhold those portions under a section of law known as the deliberative process privilege, or “Exemption 5,” but Walton wrote that it “failed to show that it appropriately withheld information” under that standard.
  • US District Court Judge Reggie Walton said those segments of the report must be unredacted by November 2.

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