Monday, 22 April, 2019

AG William Barr testifies before Senate ahead of Mueller report release

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Friday Evan Vucci Associated Press President Donald J. Trump
Leonard Rios | 11 April, 2019, 00:49

That would fit with longstanding Justice Department policy, but could draw criticism from Democrats who have said the public should know as much as possible about Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation during and after the 2016 election.

He asked whether the Justice Department would look into whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation should have sought a court order to conduct surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The Justice Department's Inspector General is also reportedly conducting their own separate investigation into whether or not James Comey mishandled classified information.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is preparing to "very quickly" subpoena the Justice Department and go to court seeking to obtain grand jury information, while House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff says he's made a formal request to obtain the counterintelligence information from Mueller's investigation to learn whether the President is "compromised" in any way.

EPIC filed a lawsuit on March 22 demanding the release of the Mueller report, arguing that the public has the right to know the full scope of Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Attorney General William Barr has reportedly commissioned a "team" to assess why the Federal Bureau of Investigation began spying on then-candidate Donald Trump's presidential election campaign in 2016. And information related to ongoing information will presumably eventually be revealed in some form or another, and most people would agree it's best for law enforcement to maintain its ability to do its job in those case.

Barr's statement Wednesday that he expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's almost 400-page report next week marked a slight change from the estimate he gave Tuesday, when he said the release would be within a week.

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".

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Democrats said they were concerned that Barr's letter portrayed the investigation's findings in an overly favorable way for Trump. Barr said he hasn't specifically studied the States Act himself, but the Justice Department is reviewing the legislation.

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Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama asked Barr during Tuesday's hearing if the Justice Department is investigating "how it came to be that your agency used a salacious and unverified dossier as a predicate for FISA order on a US citizen?" "As things stand now, I don't think that they will be redacted".

Although the White House isn't saying whether Trump has seen Mueller's report, the president's legal team indicated it has not seen the document.

Attorney-General William Barr appears before a House Appropriations subcommittee.

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

Barr said he hoped to release a redacted version within a week. "So they will be identifiable", Barr said. "I do not believe it would be in the public's interest for me to attempt to summarize the full report or to release it in serial or piecemeal fashion".

His summary stated that Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates, and that Barr, along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, did not find evidence to prove the president had obstructed justice. Barr's letter, for instance, hinted that there would be at least one unknown action by the president that Mueller examined as a possible act of obstruction.

Trump welcomed that conclusion and has claimed full vindication by Mueller.

Asked why he was waiting for Barr to release his report before issuing a subpoena - given the attorney general's comments about the unredacted report - Nadler said his committee wanted to show the courts "we're making every effort to accommodate" the Justice Department.

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