April 19, 2019

Redacted Mueller report to be released within a week

12 April 2019, 06:53 | Randall Craig

US Attorney General Expected to Face Mueller Report Questions

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Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to review controversial counterintelligence decisions made by Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, including actions taken during the probe of the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Barr said the redactions will be color-coded and come with explanations of the specific reason that information was not made public. Like members of the House on Tuesday, senators are expected to be more interested in the almost 400-page document than the budget details.

His statements further inflamed Democrats already frustrated by Barr's handling of the Mueller report, including his release of a four-page summary letter last month that they say paints the special counsel's findings in an overly favourable way for the president.

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

"As I've stated before, in order to ensure that our immigration system works properly, we must secure our nation's borders, and we must ensure that our laws allow us to process, hold, and remove those who violate our immigration laws", Barr says.

Three Democrats on the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee are also members of the Senate Judiciary Committee where will Barr will testify on the Mueller report next month, including the top Judiciary Committee Democrat Sen.

Barr would not discuss the substance of Mueller's findings but did explain his process for receiving and reviewing the report.

Barr said "the letter speaks for itself" and revealed that he gave Mueller an opportunity to review the letter, but he declined.

Asked about reports that members of Mr Mueller's team were unhappy with his handling of the report, Mr Barr said he suspected any discontent may have reflected their desire to put out more information. "While [Barr] can testify surrounding his decision to provide the Committee with principal conclusions, it is Special Counsel Mueller who is best-positioned to testify regarding the underlying facts and material in which you are so interested".

The FBI's July 2016 counterintelligence investigation was formally opened by anti-Trump former FBI agent Peter Strzok. Most of the questioning concerned demands for Barr to give lawmakers special counsel Robert Mueller's full Russian Federation report and the evidence behind it. Barr released a four-page letter summarizing the report two days later and said he would release a redacted version of the full report by mid-April, "if not sooner". He said Democrats are "free to go to court" themselves and ask for the grand jury information.

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. We know that the Justice Department has a standing policy that sitting presidents cannot be indicted, and also that Barr has explicitly gone on the record with his personal legal theory that no president could even meet the legal definition of "obstruction of justice".

Lowey then noted that Barr wrote a memo, before even being hired as attorney general, arguing that the president can not obstruct justice. Barr was grilled by Democrats on the handling of that summary, which stated the special counsel found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

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