Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
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AG William Barr testifies in House hearing

AG William Barr testifies in House hearing

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. Barr also said, in response to questions by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), that the redacted version of the Mueller report that Congress would see would be the same one that the public sees.

Last week news reports suggested that members of Mueller's team are frustrated with Barr's letter, which they saw as oversimplifying their more complicated findings.

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

Other Democrats made similar comments on Barr's decisions related to the review of Mueller's probe, which, according to Barr, found no evidence of collusion and did not make a determination on obstruction of justice.

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"A headline today is that William Barr's personally reviewing the conduct of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in launching the Trump Russia collusion hoax". More likely, the report will include a series of troubling facts, many of which we already know, but none of which are enough to could convince Republicans to turn on Trump.

Another potential category that doesn't apply, Barr has said, is information covered by executive privilege; the president has in effect waived privilege.

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The FBI's July 2016 counterintelligence investigation was formally opened by anti-Trump former FBI agent Peter Strzok. On Monday, the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee agreed to also call on Mueller to testify. "In my view, I was not interested in putting out summaries or trying to summarize, because I think any summary, regardless of who prepares it, not only runs the risk of being under-inclusive or over-inclusive, but also, would trigger a lot of discussion and analysis that really should await everything coming out at once".

Testifying before the House Appropriations Subcommittee, ostensibly to discuss other matters, Barr told representatives that he is preparing to release the report within a week.

"I don't intend at this stage to send the full, unredacted report to the committee", Barr said, adding that wouldn't ask a court to release grand jury material "Until someone shows me a provision" that allows it to be released.

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

"We look forward to hearing from Mr. Mueller at the appropriate time", Nadler said.

"While "coverup" might be too strong a word to describe what the administration is planning", Waldman mused, "what is clear is that they will be carefully managing the information the public gets to see in order to make sure that the narrative of President Trump's supposed innocence prevails".

Barr wrote to Congress last month that Mueller's investigation did not establish a conspiracy between President Trump's campaign and the Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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