The Department of Justice on Monday turned over an unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation to U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton of the District of Columbia. Judge Walton pledged to conduct an independent review of the redactions after he publically questioned the impartiality of Attorney General William Barr.
Under the heading that no one saw this coming, District Judge Reggie Walton of the District of Columbia could blow up the entire Russian scandal; in his effort to ensure there was no intentional effort to mislead the public by Attorney General William Barr.
When Judge Walton issued his order, he wrote his ruling earlier this month…
“The court has grave concerns about the objectivity of the process that preceded the public release of the redacted version of the Mueller Report and its impacts on the department’s subsequent justifications that the FOIA authorizes its redactions of the Mueller Report.”
Judge Walton insisted that he would…
“…conduct an independent review of the unredacted version of the Mueller Report to determine whether it concurs with the Department’s determination that the redactions of the Mueller Report are authorized by the FOIA exemptions upon which the Department relies.”
If this Federal Judge believes that a cover-up has taken place, he will go public with his opinion. He could release the unredacted report and set off a legal and political storm just well before the November election.
This isn’t the only legal “Sword of Damocles” hanging over President Trump. The Supreme court is scheduled to listen to two cases involving Congress and the State of New York’s efforts to force the release of President Trump's federal tax returns. A decision on both cases is also expected well before the November General Election.
Judge Walton receives the unredacted Mueller report after concluding AG Barr lacks candor. What now?