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US Attorney General Expected to Face Mueller Report Questions

US Attorney General Expected to Face Mueller Report Questions

"My original timetable of being able to release by mid-April stands", Barr testified to a House Appropriations subcommittee.

"Things are more promising when it comes to seeing the full Mueller report", though when Attorney General William Barr releases it next week, "the report is going to be heavily censored", Noah cautioned. The Democrats are upset that Barr released a letter summarizing Mueller's findings and those findings blew up more than two years of claims that Trump is a RUSSIAN asset who worked with the RUSSIANS to win the presidential election.

Barr also said Tuesday that he's working with Mueller's office to identify the information in the report that falls within those four categories, but that when they release the redacted report, they will be clear about each type of redaction.

Barr also dismissed accusations that he was hasty to release the March 24 letter outlining the conclusions of the report.

Barr also revealed that he himself is looking into the conduct of officials who worked the Russian Federation investigation, most of whom have either been fired or left the bureau.

"It was started illegally". "So I think it's important in our oversight role to release the full report to Congress".

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

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Explaining the rapid turnaround for his letter, Barr said, "The thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the Department of Justice prior to the submission of the report". "There were dirty cops", he said. A source familiar with the matter told Bloomberg Barr will be examining the conduct of both the FBI and the Department of Justice for the possibility their "collusion" investigations were motivated by "anti-Trump bias". "The question is whether it was adequately predicated" - meaning whether it was legally justified.

"I haven't seen the referrals yet from Congressman Nunes, but obviously if there is a predicate for an investigation it will be conducted", Barr said.

Asked again about spying at the end of the hearing, Barr tempered his tone. Democratic lawmakers expressed frustration after the hearing that Barr wouldn't answer certain questions, such as whether the White House had been briefed about the Mueller report. "I am saying I am concerned about it, and I am looking into it", he said.

He said Tuesday he expected Horowitz's review, which includes the FBI's process to obtain a surveillance warrant on former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page, will be completed in "May or June".

Though he said the document will be redacted to withhold negative information about peripheral figures in the investigation, he said that would not apply to Trump, an officeholder and someone central to the probe. He said that he had "some inkling as to some of the thinking of the special counsel" due to public reporting on indictments, etc. filed by Mueller.

Barr's letter also revealed that the Special Counsel did "not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him", regarding obstruction of justice charges.


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