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

Maricruz Casares
Abril 13, 2019

Barr told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that he hopes to release the redacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller "within a week".

Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to investigate how the Russian Federation investigation and other counterintelligence probes began, a USA official told CBS News. Still, his remarks give a boost to Trump and his supporters who insist his 2016 campaign was unfairly targeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Lowey asked Barr a very simple question: Who is right - the President, who says he was totally exonerated on the question of collusion and obstruction or Mueller, who Barr directly quoted in his summary letter, saying "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him?"

The Democratic majority on the House Judiciary Committee voted to authorize Nadler to issue a subpoena for Mueller's work product and evidence if necessary, but Barr's comments on Tuesday suggested that might not be necessary - although granting access to Nadler might also take place after the redacted Mueller report has been released.

Barr said the mid-April deadline for releasing the report still stands. 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.

Democrats immediately seized on Barr's testimony. If Congress agrees, there would be 100 new immigration judges, which the attorney general says are necessary to help address a backlog of about 820,000 pending cases nationwide.

Barr was loath to provide many details other than to say that the Justice Department planned to release the redacted report in the next week.

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Republicans, meanwhile, praised Barr for looking into the matter.

Facing the intensifying concerns from Democrats that he may have whitewashed 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.

Barr is set to return to the House and Senate for hearings focused on the Mueller investigation.

"I personally believe not all of it is going to be great for the White House", Burr said.

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal", Barr said.

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

The attorney general also said the door appears open to more investigations or reports about the conduct of the Russian Federation investigation - music to the ears of Republicans who have followed the lead of President Trump in calling it a "witch hunt" or suggesting it's the product of a conspiracy by the FBI and the Justice Department.

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