The unanimous three-judge panel says the public is entitled to more details on decisions not to prosecute Trump campaign officials.

A copy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement about the Russia investigation is made available to reporters on May 29, 2019. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


11/30/2021 05:30 PM EST

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A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the public has the right to see additional portions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report detailing his investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia concluded that when the much-anticipated report was released publicly by the Justice Department in 2019, officials withheld too much information on privacy grounds, in particular about decisions not to prosecute certain individuals who came under scrutiny.

The appeals court judges examined the deleted portions and concluded that some of the deletions did little more than explain Mueller’s rationale. Those sections should be made public, the D.C. Circuit panel said.

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