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Barr returns to Capitol Hill, where he'll face more Mueller questions

14 April 2019
Barr returns to Capitol Hill, where he'll face more Mueller questions

After Washington waited almost two years for Mueller to conduct his investigation, Barr released a letter last month stating that the special counsel found no evidence the Trump campaign "conspired or coordinated" with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. The Democrats are upset that Barr released a letter summarizing Mueller's findings and those findings blew up more than two years of claims that Trump is a RUSSIAN asset who worked with the RUSSIANS to win the presidential election.

CHANG: OK. But is that going to be enough for House Democrats? - because all along, they've been pushing for the Mueller report to be released without any redactions.

Barr's statement Wednesday 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.

The Mueller report is not the goal of the meeting, and in a prepared statement released ahead of the session Barr does not mention it.

Barr said in the summary that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice and instead presented evidence on both sides of the question.

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Last week Nadler was among six Democrat committee chairs who wrote to Barr demanding the full report with its underlying evidence be submitted to Congress.

Another potential category that doesn't apply, Barr has said, is information covered by executive privilege; the president has in effect waived privilege. He has said that he did not intend for his four-page summary of Mueller's main conclusions to be an "exhaustive recounting" of his work and that he could not immediately release the entire report because it included grand jury material and other sensitive information that needed to be redacted.

In particular, Barr has expressed an interest in the initial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants that allowed surveillance of Trump's campaign to take place.

Barr's investigation is in addition to the one being conducted by the DOJ's inspector general.

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. "As things stand now, I don't think that they will be redacted".

"Even for someone who has done this job before, I would argue it's more suspicious than impressive", Lowey said. On Monday, the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee agreed to also call on Mueller to testify. What Barr made clear today is that he wants to get a version of this report out so that people can see it.

If Mueller does testify publicly before the House Judiciary Committee, it will be the latest in a series of wildly hyped congressional hearings that have marked the the Trump presidency, from James Comey's testimony to the Kavanaugh hearings and, most recently, Michael Cohen's appearance before the House Oversight Committee.