ET: President Donald Trump declined to assert executive privilege to redact over any portion of the special counsel report by Robert Mueller “in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the American people,” Attorney General William Barr said an April 18.
The Justice Department provided White House attorneys with a copy of the report in accordance with the law, Barr said. The decision to assert executive privilege to black out portions of the document rested with the president and Trump decided to not request any redactions, according to Barr.
“Because the White House voluntarily cooperated with the Special Counsel’s investigation, significant portions of the report contain material over which the President could have asserted privilege. And he would have been well within his rights to do so,” Barr said.
The White House counsel requested a redacted copy of the document in order to advise the president on the issue of executive privilege, according to the attorney general.
“Following that review, the president confirmed that, in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the American people, he would not assert privilege over the Special Counsel’s report,” Barr said, adding that “no material has been redacted based on executive privilege.”
“There were no redactions done by anyone outside this group,” Barr said, referring to the Justice Department, the special counsel’s office, and the intelligence community. “No one outside this group proposed any redactions. And no one outside this department has seen the non-redacted report.” more