Federal District Judge Reggie Walton has expressed interest in reviewing the Mueller report redactions after they are released to the public on Thursday in order to expedite Freedom of Information Act requests for the highly anticipated report. “Obviously there is a real concern as to whether there is full transparency,” Walton said at a Tuesday court hearing regarding a request from BuzzFeed News to have the Justice Department release the report quickly under FOIA. “The attorney general has created an environment that has caused a significant part of the American public to be concerned.” If Walton is successful, the review would be a win for those suing for the report’s release because it would bring in a judge to look at the reasoning over redactions. It is unclear whether the version of the report made public Thursday will be identical to what the department releases under FOIA. “That’s something we’ll have to work through and something I’ll have to think about,” Walton said.
August 19, 2019