Mueller's report will be made public within a week, says Barr

Erika Holt
April 11, 2019

Attorney General William Barr testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday and identified to lawmakers the parts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report that he will redact before releasing it.

Nita Lowey, the Democratic chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, said she was taken aback that Barr had reduced Mueller's report to a four-page letter in just two days.

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. "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)".

He later said he wasn't sure there had been improper surveillance but wanted to make sure proper procedures were followed. Barr said he thinks it is "important" for the public "to learn the results" of Mueller's almost two-year, $30 million probe, but his hands are tied by existing law.

Barr is to testify on the report itself at separate hearings before the Senate and House Judiciary committees on May 1 and May 2.

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CHANG: Yeah. OK. So beyond the Mueller report, Barr mentioned another investigation today related to the Russian Federation probe. Democrats said they were concerned that Barr's letter portrayed the investigation's findings in an overly favorable way for Trump.

Trump has said he will not use a legal doctrine called executive privilege, which allows a president to withhold information about internal executive branch deliberations from other branches of government, to block portions of the report. In addition, some members of Mueller's team are spreading the word that they are unhappy with the way Barr characterized their work, according to media reports. Republicans have asked for this investigation now that Mueller has completed his investigation. They also told the news outlets that the issue of obstruction of justice was actually much more "acute than Barr suggested". Last week, the House Judiciary Committee authorized a subpoena for the full report in case Barr does not make the entire document available.

Justice Department officials have said Barr intends to continue most of the policies advocated by his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, a former senator from Alabama and strong backer of Trump during the 2016 campaign.

Senate Democrats also argued to Barr that he could provide Congress with grand jury material, saying Barr was within his discretion to go to court to do so. "I do have questions about it", Barr said, adding there could be "abuses that may not rise to the level of a crime".

"The process is going along very well", Barr said, "and my original timetable of being able to release this by mid-April stands".

Barr's decision to review the beginning of the 2016 counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, which was reported after his testimony Tuesday, was a topic of interest to both Democrats and Republicans.

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