Redacted Mueller report to be released within a week

Grant Boone
April 12, 2019

Attorney General William Barr told Congress Tuesday he expects to release his redacted version of the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation report "within a week", while Democrats criticized his handling of the long-awaited document and demanded he turn it over in full.

His comments risked inflaming Democratic concerns that Barr's views are overly in sync with Trump's and that he's determined to protect the president as he readies the release of a version of Mueller's report. The almost 400-page report is being scoured now to remove grand jury information and details relating to pending investigations.

Barr reminded Tuesday's House panel he plans to release Mueller's report "within a week", a fact that has little hope of silencing the mounting accusations of a cover-up that have issued from the anti-Trump "Resistance" ever since the AG released a three-page summary of the report which appeared to exonerate the president of collusion charges without making a clear statement about his guilt on obstruction charges.

Barr later said that although he did not have specific evidence of wrongdoing, "I do have questions about it".

That letter said that Mr Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's associates, and that Mr Barr did not believe the evidence in the report was sufficient to prove the president had obstructed justice. I watched them on the Friday night that Mueller delivered his tome to Barr as they prattled on for hours with no information, convinced that something momentous had just happened.

"I don't intend at this stage to send the full, unredacted report to the committee", Barr said, adding that wouldn't ask a court to release grand jury material "Until someone shows me a provision" that allows it to be released. To keep the hoax alive after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation completely debunked it, they've had to invent a new "cover up" theory, implying that Barr is lying to them and that the Mueller Report actually has the dirt they had promised Americans for over two years. When answering questions about the Mueller report, Barr took on a quiet, droning tone, playing the role of an unremarkable bureaucrat whose only interest is in following the law and who has no particular investment in the outcome.

Barr also revealed at the hearing that Mueller was given a chance to review the March 24 letter, bu he declined.

National Review contributing editor Andy McCarthy reacts to Attorney General William Barr's testimony on the Mueller report.

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"I felt I should state bottom-line conclusions, and I tried to use special counsel Mueller's own language in doing that", he said.

This indicates that Barr is looking into allegations that Republican lawmakers have been pursuing for more than a year - that the investigation into President Donald Trump and possible collusion with Russian Federation was tainted at the start by anti-Trump bias in the FBI and Justice Department.

Justice Department officials are scouring the report to remove grand jury information and details relating to pending investigations, among other materials.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY tweeted that Barr's comments "directly contradict" what the Justice Department previously has said.

Barr said he did not believe the evidence in the report was sufficient to prove the president had obstructed justice.

Facing the intensifying concerns from Democrats that he may have whitewashed Mr Mueller's findings, Barr has twice moved to defend, or at least explain, his handling of the process since receiving the special counsel's report.

Predictably, Trump has now extended his 180-degree turnaround from last week on releasing Mueller's report to deriding Mueller and his team, right on schedule.

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