On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that Attorney General William Barr improperly redacted the Mueller report and must release the unredacted version before Election Day.
According to BuzzFeed News, Judge Reggie Walton’s ruling is in response to a legal complaint filed by BuzzFeed’s Jason Leopold, who has been arguing that Barr redacted the Mueller report improperly.
Walton ordered some redacted portions of the Mueller report to be released by Monday, November 2, which is the day before the election.
Leopold and his BuzzFeed colleague Ken Bensinger report: “The ruling and an accompanying order mean the Justice Department will be obliged to unveil at least 15 previously blacked-out pages from Volume 1 of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, on or before November 2. In addition to charging decisions, those pages appear to involve discussions related to the hack of e-mails from the Democratic National Committee in early 2016 and the Trump campaign’s interest in those documents when WikiLeaks released them that June.”
The report goes on to note that Walton “rendered his decision in response to an 18-month legal challenge by BuzzFeed News and the advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) to unredact the entire Mueller report under the Freedom of Information Act.”
Earlier this year, in March 2020, Walton argued that Barr “failed to provide a thorough representation of the findings” of the Mueller report and wondered if Barr had made a “calculated attempt to influence public discourse” about Mueller’s investigation in favor of Trump.
You can read the full BuzzFeed News report HERE.