Attorney General Barr Says Mueller Report to Made Public 'Within the Week'

Attorney General Barr Says Mueller Report to Made Public 'Within the Week'

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday would not elaborate to House Appropriations Committee members what he meant in his four-page letter that the Mueller investigation conclusion does not exonerate the president.

The House Appropriations Committee is not among those examining Trump, his finances and his foreign contacts, and only one member of the subcommittee that questioned Barr also sits on any of those panels that are. Barr released the four-page letter summarising the report two days later and said he would release a redacted version of the full report by mid-April, "if not sooner".

Democrats scolded Barr over his handling of the report, telling him they were concerned that a summary of its main conclusions he released last month portrayed the investigation's findings in an overly favourable way for President Donald Trump.

The attorney general has already released a four-page summary of Mueller's almost 400-page confidential report. Two days later, the attorney general then sent the four-page document to Congress. "I suspect that they probably wanted more put out", he said.

Barr served previously as attorney general in the early 1990s, in the George H.W. Bush administration.

Barr told lawmakers that he was able to provide a summary of the report's top findings because he and other top officials at the Justice Department "had been interacting" with Mueller about the special counsel's investigation and its likely conclusions.

Republicans sought to play down the possibility that the Mueller report might challenge Trump's assertion that he has been exonerated of colluding with Russian Federation, and they asked Barr whether he would now look into whether the conduct of federal law enforcement officials during that investigation had been inappropriate. That FBI investigation began in July 2016 and eventually included surveillance warrants targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign advisor.

Barr appears Tuesday before a House appropriations subcommittee, where he's expected to face questions about the forthcoming release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.




The Democratic majority on the House Judiciary Committee has voted to authorize Nadler to issue a subpoena for Mueller's work product and evidence if necessary. And while he generally stayed cool under fire, he actually revealed quite a few new pieces of information about the national mystery surrounding his intentions with respect to the release of the Mueller report. "We look forward to hearing from Mr. Mueller at the appropriate time".

Nadler and Democrats say they won't be satisfied with a redacted copy; they want Mueller's full conclusions and his full supporting material.

Trump seems to have belatedly recognized the political danger.

At a hearing in Washington, EPIC lawyer Alan Butler argued the Justice Department should be required to immediately begin the process of producing the Mueller report, along with related records. On Monday morning he tweeted, "The Russian Hoax never happened, it was a fraud on the American people!"

Get more from Chaffetz in the "America's Newsroom" clip above. Barr stressed the report will be redacted citing classified content, ongoing litigation and privacy protection for persons not charged by Mueller's office that may have been interviewed in the process of the investigation.

Democrats have called for the report to be released in full.

Barr said that even in providing the full report to Congress, which he said he would do by the end of the week, he still may have to black out some portions for security purposes.

The testimony focused on the Justice Department's proposed $29.2-billion budget and its efforts to combat violent crime, opioids and immigration violations.

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