Barr forms team to review FBI's actions in Trump probe

Arturo Kim
April 11, 2019

Democrats say they can't know what to make of Mueller's findings until they see them for themselves, but Barr's office has been working with Mueller's team to redact material before anyone outside a handful of Justice Department officials sees the report.

The new attorney general's budget testimony - traditionally a dry affair, and often addressing the parochial concerns of lawmakers - comes as Democrats are enraged that Barr is redacting material from the report and frustrated that his summary framed a narrative about President Donald Trump before they were able to see the full version.

Barr told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that he hopes to release the redacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller "within a week".

Still, Barr maintains that it wasn't meant to be a full summary, and that Mueller declined to review the letter before it was sent.

In a March 24 letter to Congress, Barr said that Mueller's investigation did not establish that members of Trump's election campaign conspired with Russian Federation.

Barr was testifying for a second day at a congressional budget hearing that was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation. She suggested the president's allies could have had input on Barr's summary of the parts of the public version of the report that will be concealed.

They, along with their colleagues, say the report should be released without redactions.

On his program Tuesday, Limbaugh said Democrats are being "driven mad", and they can not accept that there is no Trump-Russia collusion nor a conspiracy at the Justice Department to cover it up.

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"Looks like Bob Mueller's team of 13 Trump Haters & Angry Democrats are illegally leaking information to the press", Trump tweeted Sunday, taking aim at Muller's team after headlines emerged that their report figures much worse for Trump than Barr's original summary made it seem. "Until someone shows me a provision" permitting the release of grand jury material, Barr added, "Congress doesn't get" that material.

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.

An operator reads through a script about the Mueller report being withheld and asks for the caller's name before transferring the call to a Justice Department recorded comment line.

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

Nadler has argued that Congress is entitled to grand jury information, citing previous cases that include the Clinton and Watergate investigations.

He falsely claimed that the Mueller report had found "no obstruction".

Some good news, other than Barr's stellar performance, is that Barr is investigating the origin of the entire Trump-RUSSIA travesty. 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. Jerrold Nadler, a chairman of the House Judiciary panel, confirmed the May 2 date on Twitter and said he would like Mueller to give evidence.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has said he would be satisfied hearing only from Barr and not Mueller. "I suspect that they probably wanted more put out", he said.

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