The Mueller report is out

By Veronica Rocha, Meg Wagner, Amanda Wills and Brian Ries, CNN
7:55 PM ET, Thu April 18, 2019
8:15 a.m. ET, April 18, 2019

Trump tweets "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!" ahead of report's release

President Trump tweeted "presidential harassment" ahead of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Moments ago, Trump sent out these two tweets:

8:11 a.m. ET, April 18, 2019

How we expect today to play out

Attorney General William Barr is expected to release a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report today.

Here's what we know so far:

  • 9:30 a.m. ET: Barr will hold a news conference on Mueller's report at the Justice Department, DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said.
  • 11 a.m. ET: Congressional committees will be sent a redacted version of the report, multiple congressional sources tell CNN. 
  • Sometime after that: A copy of the report will be posted on the special counsel's website.
  • Still unclear: President Trump told WMAL Radio’s Larry O’Connor on Wednesday that he may have a news conference after Barr's. There's no news conference on the President's official schedule yet: So far he's due to give remarks at the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride at 10:30 a.m. ET. before he travels to Mar-a-Lago.
9:19 a.m. ET, April 18, 2019

We may also hear from President Trump today, too

From CNN's Allie Malloy

President Trump told WMAL Radio’s Larry O’Connor on Wednesday that he may have a news conference after Barr's. 

“Attorney General (William) Barr will be giving a press conference, maybe I'll do one after that, we'll see," Trump said in the interview.

Barr's news conference is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. ET.The New York Tims reported Wednesday officials from the Justice Department have spoken repeatedly with the White House about special counsel Robert Mueller's findings

The Times report, citing people with knowledge of the discussions, said the talks "aided the President's legal team" as it works to rebut the report, which the Justice Department said it will release with redactions today.

7:57 a.m. ET, April 18, 2019

Here's what the attorney general will talk about at the news conference today

From CNN's Jessica Schneider 

According to Department of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec, Attorney General William Barr will address these things at the 9:30 a.m. ET news conference today:

  • Whether executive privilege was invoked
  • DOJ interactions with the WH in the past few weeks
  • The redaction process

The news conference is expected to last 20 to 30 minutes. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is not planning to make a statement, but he will be there with Barr.

She described Barr as calm this morning and ready for the briefing.

7:52 a.m. ET, April 18, 2019

Congress will get the report around 11 a.m. ET, sources say

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins, Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb

The Department of Justice has informed congressional committees they will be sent a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report around 11 a.m. ET, multiple congressional sources tell CNN. 

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted Wednesday that Congress would receive the report after Attorney General William Barr's news conference.

7:44 a.m. ET, April 18, 2019

The attorney general will hold a news conference soon

From CNN's Laura Jarrett and Katelyn Polantz

Attorney General William Barr will hold a news conference on special counsel Robert Mueller's report at 9:30 a.m. ET today at the Justice Department, DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said.

Barr will take questions. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will also be there.

“It is the Justice Department’s decision to hold the press conference tomorrow. It was not at the President’s request,” Kupec said.

One thing to note: Neither Mueller nor members of his prosecutorial team will be attending, the special counsel office's spokesperson Peter Carr said.

Carr, who will be there, said he also works as a spokesman for the criminal division.

He declined to comment on the reason why Mueller will not attend.

7:37 a.m. ET, April 18, 2019

A redacted version of Mueller's report will be released this morning

Attorney General William Barr is expected today to release a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the report will be released this morning.

The redacted report will provide more details into what was uncovered during the 22-month special counsel investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump's team and Russia and possible obstruction of justice.

Some background: Barr said he would use color-coded categories and explain the rationale for the redactions that are made from Mueller's nearly 400-page report.

He has said four types of information would be redacted from the report he submits: grand jury material, classified information, material tied to ongoing investigation, and information that could harm "peripheral third parties."