Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday said that he offered Robert Mueller the opportunity to review his four-page synopsis after the special counsel completed his two-year, $30 million probe into allegations that members of President Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to alter the outcome of the 2016 election, but Mueller declined.
On Tuesday, impatient Democrats pushed Attorney General William Barr to release the entire report on alleged Trump-Russia collusion compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller - without any redactions.
Democratic Representative Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Barr must had over the document.
During Barr's appearance before the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) said it was "unacceptable" for him to "cherry-pick" Mueller's report for a four-page summary that mostly draws a favorable conclusion for Trump without broader context.
The New York Times and the Washington Post have since reported that some investigators on Mueller's team were unhappy with the way Barr described their findings.
Yet Mr. Cartwright pressed the attorney general, citing reports that Mr. Barr and other top officials thought Mr. Trump was going too far in his full-fledged support for the lawsuit.
Barr has said that the report contains information about some actions related to concerns over obstruction of justice that have not been publicly reported. Also, Mueller did not review or aid in the drafting of a follow-up letter Barr sent to Congress on March, 29th, he said.
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"I think he understands the role of the attorney general is not as a lawyer for the president", Budd added, "but as a lawyer for the people of the United States".
The House Appropriations Committee is not among those examining Trump, his finances and his foreign contacts, and only one member of the subcommittee that questioned Barr also sits on any of those panels that are.
Barr says he "had an inkling" of the findings after meeting with special counsel Robert Mueller about three weeks before Mueller turned in his final report. Barr didn't answer, insisting he has said everything he planned to say about the report until it comes out. "So they will be identifiable", Barr said. But he said he would not accede to Democrats' demands that he provide the full, unredacted report to Congress, arguing that he can not legally release grand jury material and that he did not plan to ask a court to release it.
Barr also faced questions about the Justice Department's endorsement of a federal court's ruling to invalidate the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, a drastic shift from the administration's previous position that certain facets of the law should be shot down. The special counsel submitted a almost 400-page confidential report to Barr.
Barr countered that Rosenstein had always been apprised of the course of Mueller's inquiry, and that he and Rosenstein had met Mueller and his team on March 5 to discuss the wind-down of the investigation.
Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump had obstructed justice by trying to interfere with the probe, but Barr wrote in his letter that the president had not committed a crime.
That will not satisfy congressional Democrats (and perhaps even a few Republicans) who can be expected to ask for broader disclosure of the report's contents, but the extent to which demands become formal will depend on the scope of redactions.