WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department plans to release its redacted version of the final report from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Thursday, providing Congress and the public with an expanded narrative of a historic investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and other crimes.
Mueller filed the nearly 400-page confidential report on March 22 after nearly two years of work, and Attorney General William Barr and his aides have been working with the special counsel's office to strip out classified or other protected information.
House Democrats have pledged to fight for access to an unredacted version and have vowed to subpoena the Justice Department if necessary.
Details from the report could prove damaging to President Donald Trump even though Barr wrote in a four-page letter to Congress on March 24 that Mueller did not establish the existence of a criminal conspiracy between the president's campaign and the Russian government.
Equally explosive is the question of whether Trump obstructed justice by trying to interfere with the probe.
Mueller did not reach a decision on the issue, Barr wrote. Instead, the special counsel outlined the evidence and wrote "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him," according to Barr's letter.
Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller in May 2017 and supervised his work, instead determined that the evidence "was not sufficient to determine that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense."
It's unclear how much will be redacted, but officials have said they are looking at four categories of information in the report, which is officially titled "Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election."
Justice Department officials plan to conceal grand jury testimony, classified intelligence, information about ongoing investigations, and details that could damage the reputations of "peripheral third parties."
Barr testified to a Senate panel on Wednesday that he would not use that fourth category to hide unflattering information involving the president.