April 19, 2019

Barr Has A 'Team' Looking Into The Mueller Investigation

13 April 2019, 12:19 | Randall Craig

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Calling out House Judiciary Democrats for putting Attorney General William Barr in a legal and political catch-22 on releasing special counsel Robert Mueller's report, the top Republican on the committee is daring Dems to move on impeachment or bring in Mueller to testify publicly.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also would be eligible, Barr said, and the attorney general announced something else likely to please Graham, too: another forthcoming report about investigators' use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the Russian Federation investigation. While Mueller and his team did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, and reportedly laid out evidence on both sides of the question, Barr said in his summary that there is not enough evidence to establish the president obstructed justice - a conclusion some lawmakers felt was premature without the full report in hand.

Barr isn't coming to Congress to talk about the report, but lawmakers are expected to ask about it anyway as they anxiously wait to see it in the coming days.

Lowey asked Barr a very simple question: Who is right - the President, who says he was totally exonerated on the question of collusion and obstruction or Mueller, who Barr directly quoted in his summary letter, saying "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him?"

Watch above via NBC News. "He had been interacting, he and his people had been interacting with the deputy attorney general and lawyers supporting the deputy attorney general in his supervision of the special counsel".

"I was willing to discuss the historic information of how the report came to me and my decision on (March 24)", Barr said, "but I've already laid out the process that is going forward to release these reports hopefully within a week". "So I think that from my standpoint, within a week I will be in a position to release the report to the public".

Barr has said he will release a redacted version of Mueller's report by mid-April and has agreed to appear before Congress on the matter in early May.

If the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees want to see more, the attorney general said he would play ball.

The chairman of the subcommittee, Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano of NY, also said there were unanswered questions, including "serious concerns about the process by which you formulated your letter; and uncertainty about when we can expect to see the full report".

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, a confidant to Trump who has raised concerns about Justice Department conduct for the past two years, tweeted that Barr's willingness to investigate it is "massive". Doug Collins, R-Ga., wrote in a letter Monday to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.

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