Barr says he'll release redacted Mueller report 'within a week'

Barr says he'll release redacted Mueller report 'within a week'

This indicates that Barr is looking into allegations that Republican lawmakers have been pursuing for more than a year - that the investigation into President Donald Trump and possible collusion with Russian Federation was tainted at the start by anti-Trump bias in the FBI and Justice Department. And Collins likely hopes he'll be able to put concern about a "cover-up" to rest with two questions: "Do you believe that Attorney General Barr has deliberately worked to soften your report's impact on President Trump, and does the public version of the report accurately represent the scope of your findings?"

"I don't intend at this stage to send the full unredacted report to the committee", Barr told a House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee.

Aderholt was referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant the Federal Bureau of Investigation used to surveil former Trump campaign associate Carter Page over the course of a year. That's exactly why Barr did invent his own four-page exoneration of Trump even after Mueller wrote that his own report "does not exonerate" Trump.

Redacted official documents or reports typically have sections blacked out to protect sensitive information. Butler said the Mueller report and related records could help inform the "ongoing public debate" around the Russian Federation investigation.

On Wednesday, Barr will discuss his agency's Fiscal Year 2020 budget request before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Barr has said he will release a redacted version of Mueller's report by mid-April and has agreed to appear before Congress on the matter in early May. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) asked the attorney general how it came to be that a "salacious and unverified dossier" was used to spy on an American citizen.

"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. "I also think there may be, under appropriate safeguard, a way of people verifying that these categories were not abused, and at the end of the day, that the information is bona fide, privacy-related information and so forth, I'm willing to work with the Judiciary Committees on that".

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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".

"In many ways, your letter raises more questions than it answers", she added.

If Mueller does testify publicly before the House Judiciary Committee, it will be the latest in a series of wildly hyped congressional hearings that have marked the the Trump presidency, from James Comey's testimony to the Kavanaugh hearings and, most recently, Michael Cohen's appearance before the House Oversight Committee.

The FBI's July 2016 counterintelligence investigation was formally opened by anti-Trump former FBI agent Peter Strzok. That is a change from Barr's past statement just 11 days ago when he said in a letter sent to the chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary committees.

But he also said that he's willing to talk to lawmakers down the road to see if he can provide them with more information from the investigation. Asked why, Barr said, "Because it was my letter".

The columnist predicted that once Barr submits the report to Congress "within a week", it "will contain plenty of damaging information about the president and those around him" - but much of it will be redacted.

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