Barr to Release Mueller Report Within a Week

Barr to Release Mueller Report Within a Week

Barr to Release Mueller Report Within a Week

Democrats have raised questions about how Barr was so quickly able to boil down Mueller's report into four pages.

"I'm operating under a regulation that was put together during the Clinton administration and does not provide for the publication of the report, but I'm relying on my own discretion to make as much public as I can", he said.

Barr is to testify on the report itself at separate hearings before the Senate and House Judiciary committees on May 1 and May 2.

The issue came up as Barr testified before a Democratic-controlled House Appropriations subcommittee. "That's something that has been really important to us".

Pressure has mounted on Barr to release the full report since his March 24 summary cleared President Donald Trump of both collusion with Russian Federation and obstruction of justice - though Mueller himself made no judgment on obstruction allegations.

Democrats have criticised that bare-bones description, and some on Mueller's team have told associates that they are frustrated with the limited information made available about their work.

Last, Barr stated he intends to redact information that implicates the privacy or repetitional interests "of peripheral players where there was a decision not to charge them".

Barr replied: "As I said in my confirmation hearing".

The president's critics questioned whether Barr soft-pedaled Mueller's findings, concerns that intensified after recent reports that indicated some on Mueller's team are unhappy with the brevity of Barr's initial report to Congress and believe more could and should be said about the seriousness of what they found.


"I hear [lawmakers] saying you've taken this legal position [that] can have bad policy decision", Barr said.

"From a prosecutor's standpoint", he said, "the bottom line is binary, which is charges or no charges".

House Democrats have demanded that the Mueller report be released in its entirety.

He is likely to be asked to further explain himself at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Wednesday that is also on the budget. Barr's statement mentions $16 million for a vetting program for those who wish to enter or remain in the United States, something he says will help the government "identify terrorists, criminals and other nefarious actors".

This is his first public appearance since releasing his four page summary of the Mueller report.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been investigating the use of the (FISA) warrants in the Russian Federation investigation since March past year. The Trump administration, which initially said Obamacare's insurance protections should be struck down as unconstitutional, is now seeking to overturn the ACA in its entirety.

The report's release, if it does occur this week, would come roughly three weeks after Mueller submitted his report to the Justice Department and Barr, days later, subsequently sent his letter to congressional leaders describing its top findings. But she added: "I look forward to reviewing the Mueller report myself, and I know my constituents do as well".

When Lowey pressed him to say whether Trump had been "factually accurate" about claiming "complete and total exoneration", he similarly declined to engage. "It's hard to have that discussion without the contents of the report, isn't it?" he said. "So numerous questions here today have gone toward a grassy knoll conspiracy theory", Aderholt 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.

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