Barr returns to Capitol Hill, where he'll face more Mueller questions

Henrietta Brewer
April 13, 2019

The Mueller report is not the objective of the meeting, and in a prepared statement released ahead of the session Barr does not mention it.

"As I say, it's hard to have that discussion without the contents of the report, isn't it?" he said.

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

The host of the Fox News program, Maria Bartiromo, told Nunes that he "ought to be taking a victory lap here" after Barr's memo said there was no evidence of Russian collusion. Democrats have expressed concern that his version will hide wrongdoing by the president and are frustrated by the four-page summary letter he released last month that they say paints Mueller's findings in an overly favorable way for the president.

Across the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he had no concerns with Barr's handling of the report: "I think it really comes down to a question of whether you trust Bill Barr or not".


Barr said in the summary that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice and instead presented evidence on both sides of the question.

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.

Though he said the document will be redacted to withhold negative information about peripheral figures in the investigation, Barr said that would not apply to Trump, who is an officeholder and central to the probe.

Barr, who was nominated to his post by Trump four months ago, was asked about spying by Republican Sen.

"I'm glad to talk to Chairman Nadler and Chairman Graham as to whether they feel they need more information and if there's a way we can accommodate that", Barr said.


Some good news, other than Barr's stellar performance, is that Barr is investigating the origin of the entire Trump-RUSSIA travesty.

Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to review controversial counterintelligence decisions made by Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, including actions taken during the probe of the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Graham has joined other Republicans in calling for answers about how authorities used material from the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, author of the infamous Russian Federation dossier, in the request for surveillance of Carter Page, a onetime junior Trump 2016 campaign aide.

"I will be in a position, as I said, in a week to release the report", he said.

Tuesday was his first congressional appearance since Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report, and Attorney General was asked numerous questions about the ultimate release of Mueller's findings.


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