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Barr: Mueller report will be public ‘within a week’

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/09/19, 01:11 pm

WASHINGTON—Attorney General William Barr told congressional lawmakers Tuesday he expects to release a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Congress and the public within a week. Barr appeared at a House Appropriations Committee hearing to testify about the White House’s 2020 budget request for the Department of Justice, but questions about Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. president election quickly took center stage.

Democrats questioned whether Barr’s four-page summary of Mueller’s findings, which he gave to Congress in late March, accurately described the investigation. They also asked Barr to explain his decision not to prosecute President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice after Mueller declined to make a judgment one way or the other.

Barr said he stood by the accuracy of his summary and would wait to comment further on the report after it is released. He plans to redact from the report any grand jury material, information that would compromise sensitive sources and methods, facts that could affect ongoing investigations, and anything that could infringe on the personal privacy and reputation of “peripheral third parties.” He said members of his team and Mueller’s will provide notes explaining the reason for each redaction.

Barr also reminded Democrats on the panel that he is following redaction guidelines established under the Clinton administration after the public release of independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s full report. Starr investigated President Bill Clinton’s real estate dealings, accusations of sexual assault, and extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which eventually led to Clinton’s impeachment trial in the Senate. The Senate voted mostly along party lines not to remove Clinton from office.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 04/10/2019 04:59 pm

    At this point, it matters little what Atty. Gen. Barr releases. The Dems are now totally convinced AG Barr is a liar, covering for President Trump, or as one lib news outlet said today, a “Trump toadie.”

    If the Dems see the entire unredacted Mueller report and it doesn’t say Pres. Trump colluded, they will claim they have been handed a “fake” Mueller report. If Robert Mueller testifies before Congress with his own lips that he found no evidence of collusion, the Dems will claim Mueller is a lying Trump toadie. If the Dems then launch their own completely new investigation headed by Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi, and that investigation finds no evidence of collusion, the Dems will claim Schiff and Pelosi have been brainwashed/coerced/bought off by President Trump. 

    And that is pretty much the sum of what this House of Representatives, our employees, will accomplish between now and the 2020 elections.