US judge grants House request for material blacked out of Mueller report

US judge grants House request for material blacked out of Mueller report

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mue
FILE PHOTO: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing on the Office of Special Counsel's investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

REUTERS: A US judge on Friday (Oct 25) granted a request by a House of Representatives committee for access to information that was blacked out of former special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Judge Beryl Howell in Washington gave the Justice Department a deadline of Oct 30 to hand over the materials to the House Judiciary Committee.

The committee's need for disclosure of the materials "is greater than the need for continued secrecy," the judge said.

The ruling is a major victory for House Democrats, who sought access to the redacted materials as part of their effort to build a case for removing US President Donald Trump from office through impeachment proceedings.

A Justice Department spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Mueller probe found that the Russian state ran a hacking and propaganda operation to disrupt the US election and undermine Republican Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Mueller found insufficient evidence to establish that Trump and his campaign had engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia.

Source: Reuters

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