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William Barr heads to Congress with Mueller report under review

William Barr heads to Congress with Mueller report under review

Barr also said that he could be open to releasing some redacted details after consulting with congressional leaders, though he said he did not have plans to ask a court for permission to disclose secret grand jury testimony. His first agenda item is to release as much of the report as he can to the public at large. Barr has determined from Mueller's report there was no obstruction of justice by the president. I think it would strike a serious blow to our system, and yes, to our democracy, if that report is not fully seen.

LOWEY: "I just hope that we as members of Congress are going to have the complete report". Barr stressed the report will be redacted citing classified content, ongoing litigation and privacy protection for persons not charged by Mueller's office that may have been interviewed in the process of the investigation.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies on the Justice Department's budget proposal before a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2019.

That's why Nadler and his colleagues say they're so eager to see Mueller's full findings and discoveries, without relying on the interpretation provided by the attorney general.

That includes the most crucial and potentially damning information Democrats seek: testimony and documents from Mueller's grand jury, a panel of citizens convened to develop and hear the evidence and depose key witnesses behind closed doors.

Justice Department attorney Courtney Enlow said the two sides should engage after the anticipated release of the Mueller report in mid-April, arguing that they would "better understand the world we're living in". Legal experts say he has wide discretion to determine what should not be revealed, meaning the fight over blacked-out boxes is likely to spawn months of fights between Congress and the Justice Department, and it may end up in the courts. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California demanded. "And we will have that discussion". Or is this a case of misplaced trust, with Mueller believing that Barr would fairly represent his findings in the AG's summary only to discover that he hadn't?

"The chairman of the Judiciary Committee is free to go to court if he feels one of those exceptions is applicable", Barr said.

Democrats scolded Barr over his handling of the report, telling him they were concerned that a summary of its main conclusions he released last month portrayed the investigation's findings in an overly favorable way for President Donald Trump. "I also think under appropriate safeguards, there is a way of people verifying these categories (of redactions) were not abused".

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Barr says a redacted version of Mueller's report will be made public within a week.

The report runs about 400 pages, excluding tables and appendices, almost twice as long as Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr's 1998 report to Congress. "We want to help you do the job, and you need to help us do ours".

Attorney General Bill Barr was grilled by lawmakers on Tuesday for the first time since special counsel Robert Mueller's final report was submitted.

Attorney General William Barr is testifying before the subcommittee on Tuesday.

"You've indicated some actions the special counsel investigated as potentially raising obstruction of justice concerns haven't been publicly reported".

Instead, Barr faced relentless questions regarding his handling of the Mueller report at every turn, not to mention the Justice Department's handling of the Trump administration's attempts to destroy the Affordable Care Act. But he knew questions about Mueller questions would be coming from Democrats.

He will likely be asked to further explain himself at the hearing Tuesday and at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday that is also on the budget.