Federal government may soon release Mueller’s ‘shadow’ report
The reference prompted the New York Times to submit a Freedom of Information Act request for the document in January and to followed in July by a trial in Manhattan U.S. District Court.
Attorneys at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan told Judge Katherine Polk Failla in a letter Officials on Thursday determined which document Weissmann was referring to and began reviewing it for possible release.
“Since the plaintiff filed their complaint, the defendant has located and started to process this file and intends to hand over all non-exempt parts to the plaintiff once processing is complete,” wrote Assistant US lawyer Jennifer Jude. . “The Respondent estimates that the primary processing of the file will be completed by the end of January 2022, when the Respondent expects to send the file to several other DOJ components for consultation.”
Jude did not provide an estimate for how long these consultations would take, but offered to update the court by mid-February.
The commitment to deal with the so-called Mueller Shadow Report does not guarantee that what is published will contain significant new revelations. The Department of Justice may use various exceptions to freedom of information law to protect parts of the document from disclosure, including treating it as a work product of a lawyer or as part of a deliberative process. internal. Current DOJ leaders might waive these exemptions, but posting other content such as grand jury information might be more difficult due to legal restrictions.
The group Weissmann oversaw in the special adviser’s office was called “Team M” after its primary target – former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. The team more directly focused on Russia’s ties to former President Donald Trump was known as “Team R”.
It is not clear whether investigative teams other than Weissmann’s also prepared compilations that were not in Mueller’s final report.