There is no joy in Trumpville, Bill Barr just struck out. A federal judge disagrees with Barr’s assessment that the information that was redacted from the Mueller report was privileged. District Judge Reggie Walton ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration had failed to justify certain redactions, and on that basis the Department of Justice is hereby ordered to publish said information. The Hill:
The specific redactions he took issue with cover the decisionmaking process within former special counsel Robert Mueller‘s team over whether to charge certain people with crimes during the probe.
“Based on the Court’s review of the unredacted version of the Mueller Report, the Court concludes that the Department has failed to satisfy its burden to demonstrate that the withheld material is protected by the deliberative process privilege,” Walton, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, wrote in his 40-page opinion.
The decision comes as a result of a pair of lawsuits under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) brought by a journalist with Buzzfeed and the Electronic Privacy Information Center that sought to have the full, unredacted report released to the public.
Walton on Wednesday ruled that the DOJ could continue to withhold material it had redacted under FOIA exemptions allowing agencies to conceal information that would compromise law enforcement investigations or compromise the privacy of witnesses.
If there is one Trump accomplice who immediately needs to vanish from public life, it is Bill Barr. Next to Trump himself, he is the most corrupt person in Washington, D.C. — and with this iteration of the GOP in power, that is saying something.