Justice Department defends Barr's summary of Mueller report

Justice Department defends Barr's summary of Mueller report

Justice Department defends Barr's summary of Mueller report

According to The New York Times, Mueller's team had put together several summaries of their final report, and they believe Barr should have included more information from their summaries in the four-page letter he sent to Congress laying out his "principal conclusions" of Mueller's findings.

Previewing Thursday's front-page story, a Times online headline Wednesday screamed: "Some on Mueller's Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed".

Attorney General William Barr attends a First Step Act celebration in the East Room of the White House April 01, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Barr has been heavily criticized for his four-page summary of Robert Mueller's special counsel report on the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller's team did not establish that Trump or his campaign conspired with Russian Federation during the 2016 election, according to Barr's four-page summary, an accusation Trump and his associates have long denied.

Mr Barr told the committee in a letter last week that a redacted version of the full 300-page report would be released by mid-April, "if not sooner", after his office completed a process that would keep sensitive information private.

Barr's signature is seen at the end of his four-page letter to US congressional leaders on the conclusions of Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, instead, made the decision, saying that the evidence was "not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense".

The 24-17 vote along party lines - with Democrats in favour and President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans opposed - authorised the panel's chairman, Jerrold Nadler, to subpoena Mueller's material.

"Despite his history of support for making the Mueller report public, Trump predicted nothing would make Democrats content, citing years of wasted efforts to bring him down on collusion and obstruction charges".

Hence Mr. Nadler's subpoenas and court threat, which he intends to deliver on in "short order" if the Justice Department does not comply with a full report. "I think it's inevitable that Mueller is going to testify at some point, but the first thing we need is the release of the report and the documents".

The Post backed up The New York Times' reporting that the team was upset Barr didn't release the summary information, either. "That's my view. It's a game-changer", Gene Rossi, a former Department of Justice prosecutor, said. "Under applicable federal law, President Trump waived his claims to executive privilege once this information was transmitted to outside counsel".

In addition to the subpoena for the Mueller report and evidence, the committee was voting Wednesday to authorize subpoenas to five former White House officials.

"We believe that these individuals may have received documents from the White House in preparation for their interviews with the special counsel".

Under those regulations, at the conclusion of Mueller's investigation, Barr was required to provide Congress with "with an explanation of each action". But Democrats have demanded he turn over the entire report without redactions, something Mr. Barr has been unwilling to do.

"The way that the Trump Administration tried to spin the end of the Mueller investigation was a sign of its unscrupulousness and ineptitude", Boot declares.

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