AG Barr has FULL authority to limit Congressional viewing to a redacted copy

Barr is following the law, specifically 28 CFR § 600.8 – Notification and reports by the Special Counsel:

(c)Closing documentation. At the conclusion of the Special Counsel’s work, he or she shall provide the Attorney General with a CONFIDENTIAL report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel.

The key word, there, is CONFIDENTIAL. That means the Attorney General gets to see the entire report, but no one else does. Furthermore, he’s not even the declassifying authority. He absolutely MUST — BY LAW — keep
28 CFR § 600.9 – Notification and reports by the Attorney General.

(b) The notification requirement in paragraph (a)(1) of this section may be tolled by the Attorney General upon a finding that legitimate investigative or privacy concerns require confidentiality. At such time as confidentiality is no longer needed, the notification will be provided.

(c) The Attorney General may determine that public release of these reports would be in the public interest, to the extent that release would comply with applicable legal restrictions. All other releases of information by any Department of Justice employee, including the Special Counsel and staff, concerning matters handled by Special Counsels shall be governed by the generally applicable Departmental guidelines concerning public comment with respect to any criminal investigation, and relevant law.

Bottom Line: Congress has ZERO authority to compel the Attorney General of the United States to violate federal law.

Congress legislated that law, but a President signed it into law. It will take another President to sign any revisions.

Meanwhile, Barr has FULL AUTHORITY under federal law to limit their viewing to a redacted copy. That’s not only what will happen, it’s also what should happen.

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