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William Barr: Censored Mueller report close to release

William Barr: Censored Mueller report close to release”

Congress, the White House and the American public have been anxiously waiting for Barr to release the report since special counsel Mueller concluded his investigation and sent it to the attorney general more than two weeks ago. At the same time, you know, the attorney general has said that he wants to be transparent with this report.

Barr said he did not believe the evidence in the report was sufficient to prove the president had obstructed justice.

Barr also revealed at the hearing that Mueller was given a chance to review the March 24 letter, bu he declined.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he could issue subpoenas "very quickly" if Robert Mueller's report is released with redactions after Democrats failed "to reach an accommodation with the attorney general under which we would see the report and the underlying evidence". Barr told Congress that it could expect a redacted version of the full report "within a week". When Crist asked about Trump's claim of total exoneration, despite Mueller's explicit statement that the report "does not exonerate" the president, Barr pretended that determining the meaning of the word "exonerate" was above his pay grade. Barr stated affirmatively that he is still on track to release the redacted report within a week.

Barr said he is working with the Special Counsel to identify information that falls under those four categories, and that any redactions will be color-coded and accompanied by explanatory notes describing the basis for that redaction. When answering questions about the Mueller report, Barr took on a quiet, droning tone, playing the role of an unremarkable bureaucrat whose only interest is in following the law and who has no particular investment in the outcome.

Barr said that even in providing the full report to Congress, which he said he would do by the end of the week, he still may have to black out some portions for security purposes.

Pennsylvania congressman Matt Cartwright said during a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing Tuesday, where Barr was testifying, that millions would lose their health insurance if a challenge to the Affordable Care Act won its case in Texas. But, as widely anticipated, the committee members used the opportunity to press the attorney general on the Mueller collusion probe.

For almost as long as the Democrats have been telling us that Trump colluded with Russians to steal the 2016 election, they've also been telling us that the president and his supporters were delusional for believing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and USA intelligence agencies improperly surveilled the Trump Campaign. Republicans have asked for this investigation now that Mueller has completed his investigation.

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal", Barr told senators at a budget hearing that, like a similar House hearing Tuesday, was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Barr will testify today before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

CHANG: That is a redacted version of the special counsel's report on the Russian Federation investigation.

"I'm operating under a regulation that was put together during the Clinton administration and does not provide for the publication of the report, but I'm relying on my own discretion to make as much public as I can", he said. Barr, who reportedly objected to this move by the administration, grew testy and combative when asked about the shoddy legal reasoning behind the decision, suggesting he's not particularly pleased with Trump for putting him in this position.

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