- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sen. John Kennedy said Wednesday that he is concerned special counsel Robert Mueller’s report won’t become public after it’s finalized.

“Whether the [Mueller] report will be made public is very uncertain. I’ve been worried about this,” Sen. Kennedy, Louisiana Republican, said on CNN.

He explained that the Department of Justice and FBI have policies in place against publishing reports based on investigations.

The special counsel team is investigating Russia’s role in interfering in the 2016 presidential election, whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and whether there was any obstruction of justice.

During the first day of his confirmation hearings, Attorney General nominee William P. Barr said he wants to make as much information available as he can. However, Mr. Mueller’s report might not make it to the public, but rather a second report Mr. Barr will prepare if he is confirmed.

“He was even uncertain on that,” Mr. Kennedy said. “And he said, ‘That’s going to be one of the first things I look into.’ “

Mr. Kennedy stressed that having the original report is a much better option and suggested Mr. Mueller write it with the public in mind.

“I think it’s really important this report is made public,” the senator added, stressing that the U.S. public has already heard so much about the investigation. “This is an unusual circumstance, and the American people need to see this report.”

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