AG William Barr testifies to House Appropriations subcommittee

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US Attorney-General William Barr says he expects to release a redacted version of the long-awaited Mueller report on Russian election interference "within a week" as he defended his handling of the document. Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said a brief summary of Mueller's report that Barr released on March 24 seemed to "cherry-pick from the report, to draw the most favorable conclusion possible for the president".

At a hearing in Washington, EPIC lawyer Alan Butler argued the Justice Department should be required to immediately begin the process of producing the Mueller report, along with related records. "I think that from my standpoint, within a week I will be in a position to release the report to the public". Regardless of what Barr reported, they needed to claim vindication, " said Republican strategist Alex Conant, who worked on Sen.

The House Appropriations Committee is not among those examining Trump, his finances and his foreign contacts, and only one member of the subcommittee that questioned Barr also sits on any of those panels that are.

Barr will speak to a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday, the second of two days of hearings about his department's budget. "I'm not going to say anything more about it until the report is out and everyone's had a look at it". "That's something that has been really important to us".

Barr's trio of letters about the Mueller report included his four-page summary in which he said the special counsel found no evidence Trump or his campaign team colluded with Russian Federation. As more information becomes available, this post will be updated. They'll see exactly what Barr wants them to see.

Mr Barr has come under heavy pressure to hand over the entire 400-page report to Congress, where Democrats are seeking to find if there was evidence of impeachable wrongdoing by the president.

To be transparent about what would be redacted, he told lawmakers he intends to "colour code the excisions from the report" and provide "explanatory notes describing the basis for each redaction".

The White House declined to comment Tuesday when asked by Yahoo News if President Trump has seen special counsel Robert Mueller's full report. The almost 400-page report is being scoured now to remove grand jury information and details relating to pending investigations.

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Trump has also criticized Democrats' pursuit of the report, which includes approving a subpoena that could be used in a court battle to obtain it. He added, "My intention is not to ask for it at this stage".

It should be noted that Rosenstein, who oversaw the Mueller probe, also approved the final FISA extension that is the subject of the IG investigation. Trump has touted Barr's summary as a "complete exoneration" and agreed to releasing the report, saying he had "nothing to hide".

"It's hard to have that discussion without the contents of the report, isn't it?"

The move indicates Barr is following Republicans' lead on the matter.

"So numerous questions here today have gone toward a grassy knoll conspiracy theory", Aderholt said.

The investigation, which Trump has repeatedly called a witch hunt, ensnared 34 people and three companies, including some members of Trump's inner circle such as his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The Justice Department will redact grand-jury information, information that would reveal intelligence sources and methods, information that affects the privacy of "peripheral players" not charged as a result of the investigation, and information that would compromise ongoing prosecutions, Barr said.

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