AG Barr Briefs Congress on Mueller-Report Redactions

AG Barr Briefs Congress on Mueller-Report Redactions

AG Barr Briefs Congress on Mueller-Report Redactions

Barr, who was appointed by Trump, said on Wednesday he would look into whether US agencies illegally spied on Trump's 2016 campaign, but acknowledged under sharp questioning by lawmakers that there was no evidence of wrongdoing. It may have been premature.

Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said Tuesday on "Hannity" that Attorney General William Barr's review of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation will lead to a criminal investigation.

Trump seems to have belatedly recognized the political danger.

This indicates that Barr is looking into allegations that Republican lawmakers have been pursuing for more than a year - that the investigation into President Donald Trump and possible collusion with Russian Federation was tainted at the start by anti-Trump bias in the FBI and Justice Department. Barr is up against Democratic Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

Barr served previously as attorney general in the early 1990s, in the George H.W. Bush administration. "I never thought they did their job in a professional manner".

The attorney general also said the door appears open to more investigations or reports about the conduct of the Russian Federation investigation - music to the ears of Republicans who have followed the lead of President Trump in calling it a "witch hunt" or suggesting it is the product of a conspiracy by the FBI and the Justice Department.

In addition, the fact that the report, despite relentless spinning by Attorney General Bill Barr, doesn't completely exonerate the president of obstruction of justice charges should give Americans cause for concern.

Barr was summoned to Congress to talk about his department's budget request, but politicians still asked about the Mueller report as they waited to see it. Barr's prepared remarks, sent to the committee on Monday, focused on funding requests for immigration enforcement and the fights against violent crime and opioid addiction, not mentioning the special counsel's report at all. The almost 400-page report is being scoured now to remove grand jury information and details relating to pending investigations.

That didn't stop the president's allies from declaring victory.

Trump has touted Barr's summary as a "complete exoneration" and agreed to releasing the report, saying he had "nothing to hide". The president himself seethed at a MI rally that the whole thing was an attempt "to tear up the fabric of our great democracy". When asked if he has shown or discussed the report with the White House, Barr notably declined to answer.

Those officials and advisers acknowledged that the victory lap was deliberately premature.

Barr said he was reviewing his department's actions in investigating Trump.

Watch former DOJ lawyer Hans Von Spakovsky react to the Barr hearing below. "I understand that portions of it must be redacted as a matter of law, but my hope is that you will stop there and bring transparency to this process as soon as possible". Barr has said he does not plan to submit the report to the White House for review. Marco Rubio's 2016 presidential campaign.

The impending release of the 400-page report is expected to shed light on some of the more contentious episodes of Trump's election bid and presidency, including his firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation head James Comey in 2017 and his campaign's contacts with Russians.

I've said what I'm going to say about the report today... The special counsel did not "make a traditional prosecutorial judgment" in his report, according to Barr.

It should be noted that Rosenstein, who oversaw the Mueller probe, also approved the final FISA extension that is the subject of the IG investigation. Barr is defending his decision to then step in and determine there wasn't sufficient evidence to establish that the president violated the law.

"Time really is of the essence", he said.

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