Yesterday, Attorney General William Barr appeared before the House Appropriations Committee to talk about the DOJ budget, but that was more of an afterthought as the Democrats used the opportunity to showcase their virtue on the Mueller report. Mr Barr's decision comes following the release of the Mueller report last month which found no links between Trump's 2016 Presidential election campaign and Russian Federation interference. The almost 400-page report is being scoured now to remove grand jury information and details relating to pending investigations.
Though he said the document will be redacted to withhold negative information about peripheral figures in the investigation, he said that would not apply to Trump, who is an officeholder and central to the probe.
I've said what I'm going to say about the report today...
Barr said the redactions will be color-coded and come with explanations of the specific reason that information was not made public.More news: Meet the woman who helped create algorithm for capturing black hole photo
BARR: "You mean the unredacted report? No". Barr said his department had an idea of what would be coming from the Mueller team and therefore had a matter of weeks to think through how it would draft the March 24 letter to Congress. Just look at what White House ally Richard Burr, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told the AP about Mueller's report. "While [Barr] can testify surrounding his decision to provide the Committee with principal conclusions, it is Special Counsel Mueller who is best-positioned to testify regarding the underlying facts and material in which you are so interested".
Mr Mueller sent his final report to Barr on 22 March, ending his nearly two-year investigation into possible ties between Mr Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
Barr's statement that he expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's almost 400-page report next week marked a slight change from the estimate he gave Tuesday, when he said the release would be within a week. He said Democrats are "free to go to court" themselves and ask for the grand jury information. "And in many ways your letter raises more question than it answers". In addition, some members of Mueller's team are spreading the word that they are unhappy with the way Barr characterized their work, according to media reports.
He also said that Mr Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, instead presenting evidence on both sides of the question. Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided that the evidence was insufficient to establish obstruction.More news: Disney+ to launch in November, priced at $6.99 monthly
Facing the intensifying concerns from Democrats that he may have whitewashed Mueller's findings, Barr has moved to defend, or at least explain, his handling of the process since receiving the special counsel's report.
Some good news, other than Barr's stellar performance, is that Barr is investigating the origin of the entire Trump-RUSSIA travesty.
Barr is appearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee one day after he testified before a House subcommittee and answered many - though not all - questions from lawmakers about the release of Mueller's almost 400 page report.More news: Trump's 55 percent approval claim is extremely wrong
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