President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, told US lawmakers in written comments released on Monday he would not taken any steps to improperly fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and said Trump has never discussed the substance of Mueller's Russian Federation investigation with him.
"A report would be required whenever a Special Counsel finishes the investigation, is fired, or resigns, assuring that the results can not be sealed or selectively censored", Blumenthal said in a statement.
Mueller was appointed special counsel after Trump abruptly fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey that same month. News reports Whitaker said, "The investigation is, I think, close to being completed, and I hope that we can get the report from [Special Counsel] Mueller as soon we - as possible".
The 68-year-old nominee reiterated that the report Mueller submits to the Justice Department "explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel" is considered "confidential", but the special counsel regulations do not "restrict what Congress may do with the report".
The bill also requires a special counsel's office to report on its findings to Congress within two weeks of any special counsel being terminated or resigning.
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Some Democrats have questioned whether Barr should recuse himself from overseeing the investigation because of his comments in the memo.
Both those statements could apply to Trump, should the Justice Department find nothing that rose to the level of criminal conduct or, as many expect, follow department protocol and decide prosecutors can't charge a sitting president.
Robert Mueller has so far charged 34 people.
But he appeared to express some sympathy toward Trump's position, telling Durbin that "it is understandable that someone who felt like he or she was being falsely accused would describe an investigation into him or her as a 'witch hunt, '" as Trump has frequently referred to Mueller's probe. Four former Trump campaign officials - including his onetime national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, also a former associate of Stone - are among those who have pleaded guilty.
At Monday's press conference, Whitaker publicly addressed questions about his past statements on the Mueller probe, saying he made those comments as a private citizen who had access only to publicly available information.
Barr testified, and reiterated in his written answers, that he "would not countenance changing the existing regulations for the goal of removing Special Counsel Mueller without good cause".