Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: See Which Sections of the Mueller Report Were Redacted


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About 10 percent of the special counsel’s 448-page report is blacked out. A bird’s-eye view of the report reveals the pattern of redactions. More is kept secret in the first volume of the report, which covers Russian interference in the 2016 election, than in the second, which covers possible obstruction of justice.

The report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was released to the public on Thursday. Its redactions, made by the Justice Department, fall into four categories. They are labeled in the document using color-coded text, with categories indicating the reason for the redactions.

A majority of the redactions, about 69 percent in total, were made because the material related to ongoing investigations.

Each line represents a page of the report that included redactions.
Darker lines represent more redactions on a page.

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18 percent of the redactions were based on legal rules that generally forbid the disclosure of grand jury material.

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8 percent of the redactions were related to classified information that intelligence officials feared could compromise sensitive sources and methods.

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5 percent of the redactions were made because the material infringed on personal privacy.

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The heavily redacted parts of the report cover a range of topics, shown below. One of the lengthiest is a 22-page section on 1Russia’s social media campaign to influence the 2016 election. A 12-page portion covers the June 2016 4meeting at Trump Tower between members of the Trump campaign and a group of Russians who promised politically damaging material about Hillary Clinton. These portions mostly cite ongoing investigations as a reason for redaction, implying further loose ends.

Democrats have expressed distrust over any attempt to filter their view of the special counsel’s report.

Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he would issue a subpoena as soon as possible to try to compel the Justice Department to hand over an unredacted version of the report.

Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠