Barr faces Congress for first time since end of Mueller investigation

Barr faces Congress for first time since end of Mueller investigation

Barr faces Congress for first time since end of Mueller investigation

"Within a week", Barr promised, Congress and the public will have a redacted version of the 400-page document and be able to determine for themselves if they've learned enough to be satisfied.

He also said Mueller "did not draw a conclusion - one way or the other" on whether Trump's actions obstruction, ruling that the evidence was insufficient to establish that the president had committed a crime. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence Mueller presented did not amount to an obstruction charge.

Nita Lowey if the White House had seen the report before he released his summarizing letter or since then, or whether they've been briefed on the contents beyond what was in the letter, Barr responded: "I've said what I'm going to say about the report today..."

A subpoena fight could wind up in the courts for years, and a Congressional Research Service report noted that Congress could use other powers such as withholding appropriations to encourage disclosure of the Mueller report.

Democrats scolded Barr over his handling of the report, telling him they were concerned that a summary of its main conclusions he released last month portrayed the investigation's findings in an overly favorable way for President Donald Trump.

That means he's on track to meet the "mid-April" time frame for release of the report to both Congress and the public that he indicated after sending Congress a synopsis of legal findings of the Mueller investigation on March 24.

"In many ways, your letter raises more questions than it answers", she added.

Attorney General William Barr arrives to deliver remarks at a Justice Department African American History Month event in Washington, U.S., February 26, 2019. From there, Lowey asked Barr if the White House has received any information beyond his summary letter.

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The attorney general said he has not received the criminal investigation referrals from Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that the lawmaker mentioned earlier in the week.

Democrats have called for the Mueller report to be released in full but Mr. Barr said on Tuesday: "I don't intend at this stage to send the full unredacted report to the committee". "Until someone shows me a provision" permitting the release of grand jury material, Barr said, "Congress doesn't get" that material.

Second is information that the intelligence community believes would reveal intelligence sources and methods.

Attorney General William Barr told Congress Tuesday that the process of reviewing the Mueller report is going along "very well" and that he plans to release the document "within a week". He later argued that Barr had "unlimited discretion" to redact information outside of 6 (e) information.

"If you think it's such an outrageous position, you have nothing to worry about", Barr said.

Grand jury evidence is usually kept secret unless a prosecutor ultimately decides to level charges in the case, and Barr has maintained that the law prevents him from releasing it. But he stopped well short of pledging to provide the full report as Democrats have demanded.

And - having told lawmakers previously that his department was scrubbing the report with an eye on a mid-April release - Barr confirmed the Justice Department was on course to make the report public in the next seven days.

"This whole mechanism for the Special Counsel ... was established during the Clinton administration in the wake of Ken Starr's report, and that's why the current rule says that the report should be kept confidential, because there was a lot of reaction against the publication of Ken Starr's report".

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