Barr to release redacted Mueller report 'within a week'

Barr to release redacted Mueller report 'within a week'

"And finally, we intend to redact information that implicated the privacy or reputational interest of peripheral players where there is a decision not to charge them", Barr said. Barr told Congress that it could expect a redacted version of the full report "within a week".

Barr wouldn't respond to the questions, saying he would be able to explain in more detail once Mueller's report was released.

President Donald Trump took a victory lap after special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his Russian Federation investigation.

In a March 24 letter to Congress, Barr said that Mueller's investigation did not establish that members of Trump's election campaign conspired with Russian Federation.

But one quote from Mr Mueller's conclusions that Mr Barr revealed suggested a different view on obstruction. Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided that the evidence was insufficient to establish obstruction. "And then I will engage with the chairman of both judiciary committees about that report and any further requests that they have".

At the White House on Wednesday, Trump repeated his claim that the investigation was illegal.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Nadler would agree to the place in line Barr had given him or whether he might insist on access to Mueller's full material at the same time the redacted document appears.

The Department of Justice has defended Barr's initial summary and stating that there is sensitive information pertaining to grand jury investigations in the original report that can not be disclosed at this time.

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Barr, who was nominated to his post by Trump four months ago, told a Senate appropriations subcommittee that though he did not have specific evidence of wrongdoing, "I do have questions about it". He said that he will colour-code the redactions and provide "explanatory notes" so people know why various sections of the report are not being disclosed. Democrats said they were concerned that Barr's letter portrayed the investigation's findings in an overly favorable way for Trump.

Barr said he hoped to release a redacted version within a week. "I also think under appropriate safeguards, there is a way of people verifying these categories (of redactions) were not abused". Even Attorney General William Barr's swiss-cheese release of Mueller's findings won't be as glowing as Trump gloated about publicly because you can't add the word "exonerated" where it doesn't exist.

Testifying before a House Appropriations subcommittee on the Justice Department's fiscal 2020 budget request, Barr underlined that some modifications would be made to the 400-page report to make some portions colour-coded and footnoted so that the public will get to know why the Justice Department chose to make such a move.

"In many ways, your letter raises more questions than it answers", Lowey said.

He has backed away from calls to release the full report and has resumed denouncing the investigation.

Barr also wrote his "goal and intent is to release as much of the Special Counsel's report as I can consistent with applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies".

"I could envision a situation where under appropriate safeguards, that information would be shared", Barr said.

Asked why he was waiting for Barr to release his report before issuing a subpoena - given the attorney general's comments about the unredacted report - Nadler said his committee wanted to show the courts "we're making every effort to accommodate" the Justice Department.

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