Federal judge criticizes William Barr for sowing doubt about Mueller report

Mail Online | 4/16/2019 | Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com;Associated Press
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Attorney General William Barr is being criticized by a federal judge for failing to convince the public that he is being transparent with the Mueller report.

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton criticized Barr on Tuesday during a hearing on a lawsuit demanding access to the report.

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The Mueller report contains the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and whether President Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow.

‘The attorney general has created an environment that has caused a significant part of the public...to be concerned about whether or not there is full transparency,’ Walton said during the hearing, according to Politico.

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The judge did not elaborate.

Walton was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2001.

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He is a senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Despite his criticism of Barr, Walton denied a request by the news site BuzzFeed to force the Justice Department to release the Mueller report by Thursday.

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Even though the Justice Department has already stated that the 400-page report will be released with redactions, BuzzFeed demanded that the release be in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.

A lawyer with the department declined to say whether the version of the report that will be released on Thursday will be the same as that which will be released under FOIA.

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Matthew Topic, the lawyer representing BuzzFeed, says that a court order requiring the release would speed up any future litigation over whatever information is redacted from the report.

‘The government claims it can make an open-ended extension with no specific deadline in...
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