US Attorney General Expected to Face Mueller Report Questions

US Attorney General Expected to Face Mueller Report Questions

"All we have is your four-page summary, which seems to cherry-pick from the report to draw the most favorable conclusion possible for the president", she said.

He added that he is relying on his own discretion to make as much public as he can. 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".

Other Democrats made similar comments on Barr's decisions related to the review of Mueller's findings.

Republican Lindsey Graham, who's a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has already pledged to pursue the issue in the Judiciary Committee he leads.

"As I've said, and you pointed out, since my confirmation I do think it's important that the public have an opportunity to learn the results of the Special Counsel's work", Barr told Congressional members. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence Mueller presented did not amount to an obstruction charge. That four-page document noted that Mueller himself declined to make a decision on obstruction, and that the evidence did "not exonerate" the President. And I think most people would agree.

Barr's testimony before the appropriations subcommittee was scheduled to discuss the DOJ's budget, but he will return to Capitol Hill in May to specifically answer questions related to special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russian Federation investigation.

"More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016", Barr said.

"From a prosecutor's standpoint", he said, "the bottom line is binary, which is charges or no charges". He says he expects to release a redacted version of the report "within a week".

"Full release of the report to Congress is consistent with both congressional intent and the interests of the American public".

Appearing before the House Appropriations Committee for a hearing on the Justice Department's budget, Barr said the redacted report will be released "within a week".

"We will color code the excisions from the report and we will provide explanatory notes describing the basis for each redaction", Barr said.

Rep. Jerry Nadler of NY, the Democratic chairman of the House committee, tweeted Monday that he planned to eventually call Mueller to testify.

Barr also faced questions about the Justice Department's endorsement of a federal court's ruling to invalidate the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, a drastic shift from the administration's previous position that certain facets of the law should be shot down.

Another potential category that doesn't apply, Barr has said, is information covered by executive privilege; the president has in effect waived privilege. He added, "My intention is not to ask for it at this stage".

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D, challenged the Attorney-General on how he could have synthesised the almost 400-page Mueller report into a four-page document so quickly, surmising "your mind must have already been made up".

It is not clear, however, if Mueller's report found that Trump obstructed justice during the investigation.

"It is like fundamentally rigging the game before we know what the actual score is", said Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe, who worked with Barr on a telecommunications case in the 1990s.

"Once we put the Mueller report to bed, once Barr comes to the committee and takes questions about his findings and his actions, and we get to see the Mueller report, consistent with law, then we are going to turn to finding out how this got off the rails", he said in a March 28 interview with Fox News.

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