Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

US Attorney General Expected to Face Mueller Report Questions

US Attorney General Expected to Face Mueller Report Questions

Testifying before the House Appropriations Committee, Barr emphasized that based on regulations put in place during President Bill Clinton's tenure he is required as the Attorney General to review the report and release it based on "public interest" in the findings.

Barr's letter announced that Mueller did not establish the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, and that he declined to take a decision on whether President Trump obstructed justice.

Barr's comments Tuesday come ahead of a brewing clash between Congress and the Trump administration over the Mueller report, as Democrats are indeed prepared to go to court in an effort to obtain the unredacted Mueller report and the special counsel's underlying evidence.

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

He has told lawmakers that he will keep from public view grand jury material, information that could reveal intelligence sources and methods, information that could affect ongoing investigations, and details that would affect the privacy of people "peripheral" to Mueller's investigation.

Barr repeatedly refused to answer a direct question as to whether the White House has seen - or will see - the full Mueller report prior to its release. Barr added that his redactions will be broken down into four categories so readers can see why the information was omitted.

"This process is going along well", Barr said at the hearing Tuesday.

Democratic lawmakers have since assailed Barr for refusing so far to make the report public, allegedly dragging his feet in reviewing the report, and committing only to share a redacted version with lawmakers.

Barr's inquiry is separate from a long-running investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive matters.

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

New Zealand marks Christchurch attack at Hong Kong Sevens
No. 10 France, runner-up last month in Vancouver, thumped invitational side Portugal 40-7 in the other Pool B match. New Zealand were in good form today as they beat arch-rivals Australia 40-19 in Pool C at Hong Kong Stadium.

Democrats have urged Barr to make the case to a judge for an exception to the rules that prevent the Justice Department from releasing grand-jury information to Congress, but Barr said he has no plans to do so.

Mostly the special counsel's office has let its work do the talking, including in criminal charges against more than 30 individuals and, most recently, in a more than 400-page report that was briefly summarized by Barr in a four-page letter for members of Congress last month.

According to news reports two weeks ago, Barr first objected to the administration backing off its support for the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, but he was essentially overruled by White House officials, leading him to carry out their new policy decision.

"Even for someone who has done this job before", Lowey said, "I would argue it's more suspicious than impressive".

Barr is testifying before a House appropriations subcommittee.

Barr also said that while the special counsel did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was not sufficient evidence to charge the president with a crime.

Trump welcomed that conclusion and has claimed full vindication by Mueller.

Barr is responding to questions from House Democrats about how he reviewed Mueller's almost 400-page report and released a letter laying out its principal findings within two days.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has said he would be satisfied hearing only from Barr and not Mueller.

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.

Like this: