A federal judge in Washington ruled on Thursday that the Department of Justice improperly redacted a court filing related to the Mueller investigation and must reveal the names of two individuals who figured prominently in “key events examined in the Mueller Report.”
Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said in her opinion that the department improperly redacted a portion of a document after invoking grand jury secrecy protections, even though the two names that were concealed belonged to individuals who did not testify before a grand jury during the Mueller probe.
“DOJ’s assertion that identifying individuals who did not testify before the grand jury as part of the Mueller investigation would reveal ‘a matter occurring before the grand jury’ is without merit and rejected,” Howell wrote, according to The Hill.
The redactions in question, according to The Hill, came in an affidavit submitted to the court by Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer, who reviewed Mueller’s report for classified information before it was transmitted to Congress.
Thursday’s ruling stems from the House Judiciary Committee’s effort to obtain grand jury materials and other information that was not included or redacted from the Mueller report.