Barr to testify before the Senate as Mueller's report looms

Pelosi Says Barr ‘May Be Whitewashing’ His Mueller Summary

Pelosi Says Barr ‘May Be Whitewashing’ His Mueller Summary

Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team at the Justice Department to review how the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation began in 2016, according to a United States official.

Trump and his Republican allies have long insisted the various probes into his campaign were launched in bad faith, particularly the sprawling Russian collusion investigation, which concluded last month with little more than a whimper as special counsel Robert Mueller turned in his report without recommending further indictments. They also asked about when and how much of the full report would be released.

Last week news reports suggested that members of Mueller's team are frustrated with Barr's letter, which they saw as oversimplifying their more complicated findings.

"Things are more promising when it comes to seeing the full Mueller report", though when Attorney General William Barr releases it next week, "the report is going to be heavily censored", Noah cautioned. He also said that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, instead presenting evidence on both sides of the question. She said, "He is not the attorney general of Donald Trump".

In the Republican-controlled Senate, the threat of a subpoena is significantly lower for Barr, but he'll still have to face off with Democratic senators who are likely to push him on the report redactions as well as his four-page summary of Mueller's conclusions.

Barr, appearing before a Senate panel, did not say what "spying" may have taken place but seemed to be alluding to a surveillance warrant the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained on a Trump aide.

He said he would redact sections of the report that contained grand jury testimony, details to protect intelligence sources and methods, and information pertaining to ongoing or future investigations.

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Barr said the redactions will be color-coded and come with explanations of the specific reason that information was not made public.

Barr testifies as Mueller report release approaches; Catherine Herridge reports from Capitol Hill. "So I think it's important in our oversight role to release the full report to Congress".

They falsely claimed Mueller had exonerated Trump, painted House Democrats' investigations as partisan overreach and planned to target news outlets and individual reporters they believe promoted the collusion story. "But, I'll have to say, until someone shows me a provision in 6 (e) that permits its release, Congress doesn't get 6 (e)".

Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report about that could be done in May or June, Barr said.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has said he would be satisfied hearing only from Barr and not Mueller.

Inviting Mueller to testify, Collins continued, would ensure "we will all hear the unfiltered truth from a man who conducted his investigation with integrity and professionalism".

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.

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