Mueller report should be made public, AG nominee William Barr says

Mueller report should be made public, AG nominee William Barr says

Republican Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he's "very comfortable" with answers Barr gave him in a private meeting on Mueller's job security.

Barr will also tell senators that Trump didn't seek any assurances or promises before nominating him.

Barr would replace acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who declined to recuse himself from the investigation over past critical comments on it - despite calls from Democrats and the advice of a Justice Department ethics official.

House Democrats said last week they are prepared to subpoena Whitaker if he doesn't agree to testify before a judiciary committee by January 29. "My memo was narrow in scope, explaining my thinking on a specific obstruction-of-justice theory under a single statute that I thought, based on media reports, the Special Counsel might be considering", he noted. "Nor did it address other potential obstruction-of-justice theories or argue, as some have erroneously suggested, that a president can never obstruct justice".

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec has said Barr wrote the memo on his own initiative and relying only on publicly available information.

Whitehouse's letter zeroes in on an unsolicited June 8, 2018 memorandum that Barr sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whose anticipated departure has only heightened Democratic concerns about Barr's appointment.

Barr, who served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush, has come under scrutiny from Democrats who claim that the nominee's past remarks about the Mueller probe are disqualifying. That is how it should be. If Barr is confirmed by then, he'll have the final say, unless a conflict of interest required him to recuse himself from being in charge of Mueller.

"First, I believe it is vitally important that the Special Counsel be allowed to complete his investigation".

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He described Mueller, a former Justice Department colleague, as a friend he has known personally and professionally for 30 years. He called the obstruction focus, "fatally misconceived".

"I don't take to the bank anything unless it's in public setting and everybody can hear and it's on the record", she added.

"There's so many questions to ask him [about] when he volunteered his own opinion about the authority of [special counsel Robert] Mueller-troublesome to me", said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of IL. "I still have that confidence today". But they can press Barr for commitments to insure the independence of the Mueller investigation as it enters a crucial timeframe.

"Given his public actions to date, I expect that the Special Counsel is well along in his investigation".

Attorney General nominee William Barr will allow special counsel Robert Mueller to complete his investigation if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, according to prepared remarks he's poised to deliver at Tuesday's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The country needs a credible resolution of these issues. And, if you confirm me, that is how it will be, and I have not given him any, other than that I would run the Department with professionalism and integrity". Barr stopped short of directly pledging to release Mueller's report, but he expressed general support for disclosing the findings, whatever they may be.

Barr has been skeptical of Mueller; he wrote a memo last summer that questioned the legal basis upon which the special counsel might be looking into whether Trump may have obstructed justice. On this matter, Barr indicated Trump would not influence his decision making.

According to Barr, Congress and the public should be "be informed of the results of the special counsel's work".

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