Attorney General William Barr appeared before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday to talk about budgetary matters, but the only thing anyone cared about was Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report and Barr's four-page letter summarizing of it.
Attorney General William Barr recently testified before the House Appropriations subcommittee regarding the Department of Justice's 2020 budget. The letter said that Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates around the time of the 2016 election and that Barr did not believe the evidence in the report was sufficient to prove the president had obstructed justice.
Democrats say they will not accept redactions and want the full report's release. But he acknowledged he didn't know whether Mueller agreed with him.
"I will consider whatever it takes to get people to see this report", said Representative José Serrano, D, chairman of the Appropriations commerce, justice, science and related agencies subcommittee.
Barr said today that he expects the inspector general's investigation of these allegations to wrap up by May or June. "Are there charges, or no charges?" Two days after receiving it, on Sunday, March 24, Barr sent a letter to House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders outlining the report's principle conclusions.
Parts of the report are expected to be blacked out to protect information deemed sensitive. He later argued that Barr had "unlimited discretion" to redact information outside of 6 (e) information.
"Do you think it's likely we are going to prevail?"
Barr told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that he hopes to release the redacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller "within a week".
While the USA public has clamored for a full disclosure of the report with as few redactions as possible, Barr said the redactions to the report-currently underway-will be based upon legal requirements concerning material produced by the grand jury, classified intelligence material, information connected to open or ongoing investigations, and material that would impact the privacy or reputations of individuals peripheral to the probe. Barr has said he is also removing material from grand-jury proceedings that by law can be made public only through a court order.
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The chairman of the subcommittee, Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano of NY, also said there were unanswered questions, including "serious concerns about the process by which you formulated your letter; and uncertainty about when we can expect to see the full report".
Explaining the rapid turnaround for his letter, Mr Barr said: "The thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the Department of Justice prior to the submission of the report". "The only way out in my view is transparency". That classified material should be kept secret is uncontroversial, though Congress has means to obtain that information confidentially.
But grand jury information is the trickiest category. John Kennedy of Louisiana.
"The process is going along very well", Barr said, "and my original timetable of being able to release this by mid-April stands".
Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday he is reviewing the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, declaring he believed the president's campaign had been spied on and wanted to make sure proper procedures were followed.
Barr also told members of Congress he would be open to negotiations with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Graham, R-S.C.
Democrats have urged Barr to make the case to a judge for an exception to the rules that prevent the Justice Department from releasing grand-jury information to Congress, but Barr said he has no plans to do so.
"I have no specific evidence right now that I would cite".