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Attorney General William Barr said the “limited nature of the redactions” in the newly-released Russia investigation report drafted by special counsel Robert Mueller would allow Americans to get a clear picture of the results.

Of the nearly 500-page report, there were at approximately 865 redactions in total, according to an analysis by Fox News. Barr redacted information he deemed inappropriate or harmful to a person’s character, as well as classified information, grand jury items and closed-door testimony.

The categories were broken down into the following four categories:

  • Harm to ongoing matter
  • Personal privacy
  • Investigative technique
  • Grand jury


The majority of blacked out content — 405 redactions — was related to harm to ongoing matters, followed by secret grand jury-related information at 307 redactions, investigative techniques at 87 and personal privacy matters at 66.

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Each type of redaction was labeled so readers could easily identify which redactions corresponded to which categories.

“As you will see, most of the redactions were compelled by the need to prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing on ongoing investigations and criminal cases,” Barr said during his morning news conference.

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Americans are apparently having a blast killing time as they anxiously prepare for the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on the Russia investigation — a moment they have been waiting for since the investigation began in May 2017.

Attorney General William Barr will deliver the nearly 400-page document to Congress via CDs between 11 a.m. ET and noon. The information will be provided to the public shortly after on the special counsel’s website.

Barr gave everyone a small preview of what’s to come during an early Thursday news conference. Once again, he stressed the special counsel found “no evidence” of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.


But there are some key details that lawmakers and the public are eager to learn more about, particularly the issue of obstruction of justice. The Mueller probe did not reach a conclusion on whether President Trump committed this offense, but Barr and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was not sufficient evidence on that front.

It’s up to Barr to determine how much information Congress will see.

He confirmed Thursday he redacted any information he deemed inappropriate or harmful to a person’s character if he or she has not been charged with a crime. Classified information, grand jury items, closed-door testimony and information that could hinder an ongoing case will also be protected.

“As you will see, most of the redactions were compelled by the need to prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing on ongoing investigations and criminal cases,” Barr said.


Though Barr claimed the redactions would be “limited,” Twitter users had a field day envisioning what the documents would look like. Dozens of redaction memes flooded the social media site Thursday — many reposting fake documents covered in black bars.

One Twitter user posted a snippet of a redacted snippet of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.

“Barr’s redacted version of Sonnet 18….,” the user wrote, along with a meme that revealed six words of the literature.

Another bleeped out the lyrics to Rick Astley’s popular song “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

“The redacted #MuellerReport is out! And this is what it reveals…,” a user tweeted.

Actor Rainn Wilson, known for his role as Dwight Schrute on “The Office,” also joked about potential redactions.

“They just released the Mueller Report!” Wilson captioned a meme of a document that only contained the phrases “moreover” and “in that same vein.”

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” used the hype about the release to promote the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 27.

A sports fanatic jokingly posted an “advanced copy” of the report that jabs the Washington Nationals baseball team.

“The Nationals Bullpen is a complete disaster,” the fake document reads.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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As President Donald Trump’s proposal to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities increasingly faces backlash from Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders admits there’s a “serious problem” at the border.

“The problem right now is that we are now seeing desperate people fleeing violence and misery in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. With little children walking 1,000 miles,” the 2020 presidential hopeful explained during Fox News’ town hall Monday night, claiming they’re not “trying to sneak in” but rather simply seeking asylum in the U.S.

In order to accommodate an “overflowing” immigration system, Sanders said we need “sensible immigration reform.” According to the Vermont senator, that includes recruiting hundreds of judges to help deal with these issues.


“You need to have many, many more judges to expedite the process,” said Sanders, adding that he would look into tweaking asylum laws though he didn’t elaborate.

“We don’t need to demonize immigrants,” Sanders added, as the audience clapped in support.

An influx of asylum requests from immigrants facing deportation has overwhelmed U.S. courts in recent months and denial of the requests does little to keep illegal immigrants out, according to federal statistics.

Migrants are entitled under both U.S. and international law to apply for asylum. But there already is a bottleneck of would-be asylum seekers waiting at some U.S. border crossings to make their claims, some waiting as long as five weeks. For others, the process could even take years.


“The reality is that most people in the caravan will not be found qualified for asylum, and many of them know it. Others are encouraged to, but likely their claims will not pass muster, especially under new guidance from Jeff Sessions, to get back to a stricter adherence to the law,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies — a Washington, D.C.- based research institution, previously told Fox News.

As U.S. officials work on assisting migrants, Sanders suggested building proper facilities on the border for them to stay in for the time being.

“What we need is comprehensive immigration reform,” Sanders said.

“We need to provide legal status to those people … We need the proper legal process at the border so that these issues can be adjudicated to determine whether or not people should be entitled to asylum,” he continued, adding that we need border security.

However, Sanders said he believes there are more “cost effective” ways to do that than building a wall, as Trump has proposed.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has six words for voters who doubt he’s sprightly enough to run for president a second time: “Follow me around the campaign trail.”

The 77-year-old Vermont senator is one of the oldest candidates to enter the 2020 race, but to Sanders, age is just a number.

“It is a fair question. It is a fair question,” Sanders said during Monday night’s Fox News town hall after Martha MacCallum asked what he would tell constituents who say he’s “too old” to be president.


The audience applauded as Sanders stood up from his stool.

“If there was wood here, I’d knock on it,” joked Sanders. “Thank God my health is good.”

Sanders then pointed to his track record — literally — noting that he was a long distance runner as a kid and one of the “better milers” in New York City, where he grew up.


“I’ve continued to have my endurance,” he said.

But Sanders said his experience in government is really all that matters.

Sanders has served as Vermont’s senator since 2007. Before that, he spent 16 years as a lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives. His combined years of service in the government makes him the longest-serving Independent member of Congress ever, according to his official bio.

His political career started in 1981 when he was elected mayor of Burlington by just 10 votes.

“I’ve been all over the world talking to heads of state. It’s a combination of factors. But at the end of the day, it’s not whether you’re young or whether you’re old — it’s what you believe in,” argued Sanders.

“There’s too much focus on individuals and not enough focus on Americans and what their needs are,” he added.

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During a Fox News town hall Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders urged President Donald Trump to release his tax returns — the same day the Vermont senator released 10 years worth of his tax information.

The 77-year-old’s tax documents confirmed Sanders is a millionaire, specifically showing his adjusted gross income in 2018 was $561,293 and that he paid a 26 percent effective tax rate.

“That’s a lot of money … it came from a book that I wrote. [It’s] a pretty good book, you might want to read it,” said Sanders during the opening of the town hall, adding that he wasn’t going to apologize for having a best-seller.


Fox News anchor Bret Baier noted that Sanders benefited from Trump’s tax bill, while Sanders pointed out that he voted against it.

“In my view … wealthy people and large corporations that are making billions in profits should start paying their fair share of taxes,” the 2020 presidential hopeful added.

Baier asked Sanders why he doesn’t take the tax breaks that Trump’s policy offers; the Vermont senator explained that he just pays the standard amount.


Sander then demanded that the correspondents call on Trump to release his tax returns.

“Hey, President Trump, my wife and I just released 10 years. Please do the same. Let the American people know,” he continued, as the audience applauded.

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Thick, billowing smoke can be seen rising from Paris‘ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in shocking footage snapped by witnesses on Monday.

The top of the French landmark is currently ablaze — and crews of firefighters have rushed to the scene to try to contain the massive flames.

The peak of the church is undergoing a $6.8 million renovation project. It’s unclear if the fire is related to the construction, though the fire brigade has told The Associated Press it’s a possibility.


One man currently in the city called the view “unreal.”

“I literally just visited Notre Dame two days ago. I’m currently looking at the smoke from a restaurant patio in Paris right now,” he wrote on Twitter after news of the fire broke.

A woman who only identifies herself as “Sun” online tweeted a 15-second clip of the blaze, claiming she was around the scene when the fire first started.

“Omg it keeps getting bigger and bigger so fast, i’m leaving now but in case it catches up to the crowd um hi at least my last moments were in paris,” she wrote in a Twitter thread.

Another woman shared footage of the plumes of smoke that she could spot across the Seine river.

“This is just awful. #NotreDame,” a man added, sharing multiple videos of the burning spire.

As of about 1:30 p.m. ET, the man confirmed the building was “still burning.”

This is a developing story check back here for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig’s indictment this week represented a stunning fall for the high-powered Washington lawyer — who aside from his work in the Obama administration represented everyone from Bill Clinton to Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin John Hinckley, Jr.

Now, he’s on the other side of the attorney-client coin, defending himself against an indictment alleging he made false statements and concealed information in a federal foreign lobbying investigation spun off from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Craig, the first prominent Democrat to be named in the probe, is accused of concealing material facts from the Justice Department about work he performed for the Ukrainian government.

“I did not participate in a scheme to mislead the government or conceal material facts,” Craig, 74, said this week, denying the charges as his lawyers called the case “a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion.”


In private practice, Craig’s list of clients included former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and James Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was charged in a leak investigation.

Craig also made headlines in 2008 as one of Obama’s biggest backers. The endorsement came as a surprise to then-Democratic presidential primary candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, both of whom knew Craig while attending Yale Law School in the early 1970s. The attorney was also tapped as special counsel to then-President Clinton during his 1998 impeachment proceedings, convincing the Senate during a trial that Clinton’s offenses weren’t cause to unseat him.

“To Greg. We struck the right pose—and you struck the right chords! Thanks — Bill Clinton, 2/99,” the former president wrote on a photo of the pair — along with the rest of the legal team — that he gifted to Craig after his acquittal, according to The New Yorker.

In November 2008, Obama announced Craig would be his White House counsel, a move that drew scrutiny given other elements of the lawyer’s history.

In the early 1980s, Craig sparked outrage for helping win then-25-year-old Hinckley, who shot former President Reagan and three others outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel, a not guilty verdict for reason of insanity, landing him in a psychiatric facility instead of a maximum-security prison. In 2016, the notorious gunman was released from the hospital to live with his elderly mother in Virginia, telling mental health professionals he’s “happy as a clam” with his new life.


John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington in this file photo.

John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington in this file photo. (AP)

Craig also became a pariah in the Cuban-American community in 2000 after helping Cuban Juan Miguel Gonzáles gain custody of his 6-year-old son Elián after his mother and others drowned in a boat trying to reach Florida. Elián had been living in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami with his uncle at the time, but the court forced the boy to leave his extended family and return to Cuba after Craig’s victory.

Despite his controversial background, Obama defended his decision and touted Craig’s various roles in the federal government including serving as Sen. Edward Kennedy’s senior adviser on defense, foreign policy and national security issues and as senior adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Before the election, Craig volunteered to portray the late Sen. John McCain in mock debates with Obama — a role he was easily able to emulate, as his father William was a Republican who lost Vermont’s gubernatorial race in 1976.

But his time in the Obama administration was short-lived. He resigned after one year on the job following criticism over his handling of Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.


Craig’s work drew the Justice Department’s attention in 2012, when Craig and his law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP were hired by the Ukrainian government to write a report on the prosecution of Yulia Tymoshenko, a former Ukrainian prime minister. Tymoshenko was a political opponent of then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a longtime patron of disgraced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort who’s slated to spend a total of 81 months in prison.

In 2013, the DOJ told Craig and his firm in a letter that he was required to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) while representing Yanukovych — but the lawyer allegedly refused.

In its settlement earlier this year, Skadden acknowledged it should have registered under FARA and also confirmed it received a $4.6 million payment for the report instead of the $12,000 the Ukrainian government previously claimed.

The Thursday indictment says Craig did not want to register under FARA because doing so could keep him or others at his law firm from getting government positions and because the filing would require him to disclose the millions paid from a “private, wealthy Ukrainian.” To help hide the private funding, Craig is accused of backdating and falsifying invoices at Manafort’s request to make it appear the Ukrainian government was the sole funder of the report.

Craig is being charged with two counts of making false and misleading statements to investigators — including Mueller’s team, which uncovered his purported wrongdoings while investigating Manafort as part of the Russia probe — in connection with his work on behalf of Yanukovych.

“This indictment accuses Mr. Craig of misleading the FARA Unit of the Department of Justice in order to avoid registration. It is itself unfair and misleading. It ignores uncontroverted evidence to the contrary. Mr. Craig had no interest in misleading the FARA Unit because he had not done anything that required his registration,” Craig’s attorneys, William Taylor and William Murphy, said in response.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The arrest of Julian Assange in London drew a mixture of reactions from U.S. lawmakers early Thursday — particularly after the Justice Department charged the WikiLeaks mastermind with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.

Assange, 47, is being accused of working with whistleblower Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. intelligence analyst, in 2010 to crack a password stored on a U.S. Defense Department computer to obtain classified Pentagon documents. If convicted, Assange faces up to five years in prison.

“Manning, who had access to the computers in connection with her duties as an intelligence analyst, was using the computers to download classified records to transmit to WikiLeaks. Cracking the password would have allowed Manning to log on to the computers under a username that did not belong to her,” the DOJ said in an indictment released Thursday.


Assange, an Australian native, was escorted out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he had been staying since 2012, after the South American nation revoked his political asylum. He was taken into custody in connection with a U.S. extradition request, as well as for breaching U.K. bail conditions in 2012.

Assange has faced renewed scrutiny in the U.S. after WikiLeaks obtained emails that were stolen from Hillary Clinton and other Democratic groups during the 2016 election. Politicians reacted to the news of Assange’s arrest and subsequent charges Thursday — many applauding the move.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said Assange’s arrest was “good news for freedom-loving people.”


“Julian Assange has long been a wicked tool of Vladimir Putin and the Russian intelligence services,” Sasse alleged in a tweet. “He deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.”

Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, an Ecuadorian-born American lawmaker, said she encouraged the nation to pursue Assange.

“Every chance I’ve had to speak with Ecuador’s government, I pushed them to stop protecting Assange, and I’m glad they’ve finally done so,” Mucarsel-Powell tweeted.

Rep. Steve Cohen, a member of the Democratic Party serving in Tennessee, questioned if President Trump would pardon Assange.

“Might Trump pardon #Assange. He loved #WikiLeaks,” claimed Cohen before citing a quote, “There is honor among thieves.”

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., also blasted Assange.

“Whatever Julian Assange’s intentions were for WikiLeaks, what he’s become is a direct participant in Russian efforts to weaken the West and undermine American security. I hope British courts will quickly transfer him to U.S. custody so he can finally get the justice he deserves,” Warner said.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a sophisticated computer programmer who helped release thousands of secret materials since his site’s launch in the early 2000s, has been in hiding in London since 2012.

At that time, Assange was facing extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations — though they have since been dropped. Since then, Assange has feared arrest and extradition to the U.S., which has announced criminal charges under seal against him for publishing classified government information online

The 47-year-old has repeatedly defended WikiLeaks as a transparent non-profit organization, saying the public has a right to know what’s going on behind “closed doors.”


“The burden should not shift to Mr. Assange to have to defend against criminal charges when what he has been accused of doing is what journalists do every day,” Barry Pollack, a Washington lawyer for Assange, said back in November. “They publish truthful information because the public has a right to know and consider that information and understand what its government and institutions are doing.”

On April 11, Assange, an Australian native, was arrested at the Ecuadorean embassy in London after the South American nation revoked his political asylum.

Here’s what you need to know about the WikiLeaks mastermind.

He made his name with whistleblower Chelsea Manning

Assange made his name after publishing thousands of military and State Department cables from Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, for which Manning served prison time, secret CIA hacking tools and publicizing email conversations from top Democratic Party officials.

He was an important figure in the Russia probe

For years, the U.S. Justice Department has been investigating how WikiLeaks obtained emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and Democratic groups.

WikiLeaks’ involvement in the email dump was discussed during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

During a hearing in February, Michael Cohen — President Trump’s “fixer” and former personal lawyer — alleged he was in Trump’s office in July 2016 when longtime adviser Roger Stone called the president. Trump then put Stone on speakerphone and Stone told him he had communicated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and that “within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage” Clinton’s campaign, Cohen claimed.

That month, WikiLeaks released thousands of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee’s server.


Stone has been indicted on charges of obstruction, making false statements and witness tampering as part of Mueller’s Russia probe. He has not been charged with conspiring with WikiLeaks and he vehemently denies he had any communication with Assange before the email dump.

“There is no such evidence,” Stone told Fox News in a text message on Feb.15. Again, on Feb. 27, Stone said Cohen’s claims were “not true.”

He’s been replaced as WikiLeaks’ editor-in-chief

In September 2018, Assange was replaced as editor-in-chief of the anti-secrecy website. Kristinn Hrafnsson, an Icelandic investigative journalist, took over the title.

“I condemn the treatment of Julian Assange that leads to my new role … but I welcome the opportunity to secure the continuation of the important work based on WikiLeaks ideals,” said Hrafnsson after accepting the position, according to The Daily Dot.

However, WikiLeaks confirmed in a tweet at the time that Assange would remain publisher. It’s unclear if Hrafnsson’s role is permanent.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

Fox News’ Frank Miles, Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A powerful spring storm system that could turn into a “bomb cyclone” is forecast to hit parts of the country this week, mainly targeting the Central U.S. But don’t let the intense name cause you to panic — while powerful, “bomb cyclones” aren’t as terrifying of a weather phenomenon as its name would suggest.

If a winter storm is dubbed a bomb cyclone or “bombogenesis” by meteorologists, it means it is expected to rapidly intensify, dropping 24 millibars (or atmospheric pressure) over a 24-hour span, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A typical range in millibars is around 10 to 15.


Read on for a look at these storms, and how often they can occur.

What is a bombogenesis?

Heavy snow and wind from a "bomb cyclone" is pictured.

Heavy snow and wind from a “bomb cyclone” is pictured. (Wildwood Police Department)

The term bombogenesis is a popular term used by meteorologists to refer to a rapidly intensifying area of low pressure, Fox News’ Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean reports.

“The central pressure of an area of low pressure [winter storm] must drop at least 24 millibars in 24 hours to qualify,” Dean explained. “Several major impacts will include strong winds, beach erosion and coastal flooding especially with high tide.”

A decrease in pressure intensifies the power of the storm, Chris Bianchi is a meteorologist for WeatherNation TV, explained to the Denver Post.

A bombogenesis storm can be tropical or non-tropical, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said in a blog post.

“In this case, bomb refers to explosive development. Altogether the term means explosive storm strengthening.”

— Alex Sosnowski

“The term bombogenesis comes from the merging of two words: bomb and cyclogenesis. All storms are cyclones, and genesis means the creation or beginning,” Sosnowski said. “In this case, bomb refers to explosive development. Altogether the term means explosive storm strengthening.”

Bianchi said proximity to a large body of water, particularly an ocean, during cold months contributes to the creation of a bomb cyclone.

“The difference in temperature between the normally warmer ocean (particularly in the Atlantic, with the Gulf Stream pumping up warmer water from the south) and the cold landmass often creates the fuel source for powerful East Coast lows,” he stated in a blog post.

What happens during one of these storms?

If you’re caught in the path of a bomb cyclone, you could expect to see intense wind gusts or large amounts of snow.

The intensity of a bomb cyclone oftentimes peaks once the storm reaches New England, according to Wired.

“The name isn’t an exaggeration — these storms develop explosively and quickly. They can produce destructive winds, coastal flooding and erosion, and, of course, very heavy precipitation. If the term conveys the importance and the danger associated with them, then I think that’s a good thing,” John Gyakum, a professor of atmospheric science at McGill University in Montreal who says he helped coin the weather nickname, previously told The Washington Post.

Are they unusual?

It’s not unusual to get at least one storm that is classified as a bomb cyclone a year, Bryan Jackson, a meteorologist with NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center, previously told Fox News.

Bombogenesis Nor’easters actually occur most winters, WNYW-TV reported.

At least U.S. two storms were considered “bomb cyclones” in 2018, but Gyakum believes there may be even more in the future due to warmer ocean temperatures and rising sea levels.

“These storms feed off the temperature gradient between the mild Gulf Stream and cold air over the land. Climate change could also periodically cause cold air to spill farther south, and when the two meet, there’s an increased risk for these extreme storms,” he told the Post.

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