Barr: 'Within a Week,' I'll Be Able to Release Redacted Mueller Report

Barr: 'Within a Week,' I'll Be Able to Release Redacted Mueller Report

Barr: 'Within a Week,' I'll Be Able to Release Redacted Mueller Report

Barr was summoned to Congress to talk about his department's budget request, but politicians still asked about the Mueller report as they waited to see it. Barr's prepared remarks, sent to the committee on Monday, focused on funding requests for immigration enforcement and the fights against violent crime and opioid addiction, not mentioning the special counsel's report at all.

The multi-pronged approach is the clearest sign yet that Barr's release of a redacted report will not stop the brewing showdown between House Democrats and the Trump administration over the 22-month special counsel investigation.

"Within a week I will be in a position to release the report to the public", Mr Barr told the House Appropriations Committee.

Barr told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that he hopes to release the redacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller "within a week". Barr would say that, actually, Mueller declined an opportunity to review Barr's controversial letter on the "principal conclusions" of the report, which anonymous members of Mueller's team apparently complained about.

Republicans sought to play down the possibility that the Mueller report might challenge Trump's assertion that he has been exonerated of colluding with Russian Federation, and they asked Barr whether he would now look into whether the conduct of federal law enforcement officials during that investigation had been inappropriate. Barr said he was working to make as much information public as possible and that he would work with Nadler if he sought additional material.

He said Tuesday that he plans to defer his questions about the Russian Federation investigation until Barr appears before his Judiciary panel on May 1. EPIC, she said, should not be allowed to "leapfrog" the other requests "simply because they filed a lawsuit".

Democrats wrangled with Barr at the hearing over his handling of the report and some accused him of playing favoritism for President Trump.

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D, challenged the Attorney-General on how he could have synthesised the almost 400-page Mueller report into a four-page document so quickly, surmising "your mind must have already been made up". "Until someone shows me a provision" permitting the release of grand jury material, Barr added, "Congress doesn't get" that material.

Attorney General William Barr is facing Congress on Wednesday.

Ever since Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Congress last month disclosing the "principle conclusions" of the Mueller report, numerous Trump administration's critics have grown increasingly suspicious that Barr is working to protect the president from that report's findings. Barr has been working with top advisers and Mueller to prepare the almost 400-page report for public release.

At a hearing in Washington, EPIC lawyer Alan Butler argued the Justice Department should be required to immediately begin the process of producing the Mueller report, along with related records. "My original timetable to release this by mid-April stands... within a week the report will be released".

The issue came up as Barr testified before a Democratic-controlled House Appropriations subcommittee.

Rep. Jerry Nadler of NY, the Democratic chairman of the House committee, tweeted Monday that he planned to eventually call Mueller to testify.

Barr is likely to testify on May 1 before the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump has also criticized Democrats' pursuit of the report, which includes approving a subpoena that could be used in a court battle to obtain it.

"I believe that our country must respond to any foreign interference with the strongest measures, and we must work with partners at the state level to ensure that our election infrastructure is completely protected", his statement says.

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