Redacted Mueller report set for release 'within a week'

Redacted Mueller report set for release 'within a week'

Redacted Mueller report set for release 'within a week'

"I'm a lawyer, I'm not in charge of health care", Barr insisted to a House Appropriations subcommittee.

It's still unknown how much - if anything - Barr will say about the special counsel during his testimony Tuesday or when he returns for a Wednesday Senate appropriations hearing.

He said the White House did not review the letter to Congress laying out Mueller's findings before he sent it.

Over 2 ½ hours, Barr addressed a range of Democrats' concerns about Mueller's report, offering new details on how and why he quickly distilled and release its principal conclusions and what he plans to do next. Barr is expected to submit a redacted copy of the report but Democrats have called for it to be released in full.

If there is evidence, for example, that Trump tried to stop the Russian Federation investigation to shield his own private conduct because it is illegal, politically damaging, or even merely embarrassing to him personally, then he has not only violated the USA legal code, but also his own constitutional duty to enforce the laws in good faith.

Barr responded: "The thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the Department of Justice prior to the submission of the report".

This is his first public appearance since releasing his four page summary of the Mueller report. In fact, Barr concluded that the "report identifies no actions that in our judgement constitutes obstructive conduct".

Jason Chaffetz said Attorney General William Barr's testimony before a congressional subcommittee on Tuesday undercut Democrats' claims about Barr's handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Barr also revealed that he himself is looking into the conduct of officials who worked the Russian Federation investigation, most of whom have either been fired or left the bureau.

The attorney general said the redactions in the report will be color-coded to indicate which rationale was used to withhold the information.

The congressman pressed Mr. Barr to support a stay of any ruling against Obamacare until Congress forges new protections, since Mr. Trump has chose to punt GOP work on health reform until after the 2020 election. Asked why, Barr said, "Because it was my letter".

The hearing before a House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee is meant to explore the Trump administration's $29 billion fiscal 2020 budget request for the Justice Department, but Barr is likely to face questions about Mueller's final report and when a redacted version will be delivered to Congress.

Republican Representative Robert Aderholt of Alabama asked Barr during Tuesday's hearing if the Justice Department is investigating "how it came to be that your agency used a salacious and unverified dossier as a predicate for FISA order on a USA citizen?"

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 favorable way for President Donald Trump.

Barr's handling of the almost 400-page report has roiled Washington in recent weeks, with Democrats pressing to learn the full scope of what the Special Counsel's investigation found.

Although the committee expects to hear from Attorney General William Barr, Collins wrote, it must go to the source to learn all it needs to know about the special counsel inquiry.

Grand jury evidence is usually kept secret unless a prosecutor ultimately decides to level charges in the case, and Barr has maintained that the law prevents him from releasing it.

The attorney general also addressed media reports that alleged members of the Special Counsel were not happy with his letter.

Mueller was given the opportunity to review that four-page letter but declined to do so, Barr said.

Before they lost control of the House in last November's election, Jordan and Republican allies including Devin Nunes of California conducted a two-year campaign to show players in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department were out to get Trump. The letter states that investigators did not establish that members of Trump's election campaign colluded with the Kremlin, and that they had neither accused nor exonerated the president of obstructing justice.

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