US Attorney General Expected to Face Mueller Report Questions

Desiree Burns
April 13, 2019

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Attorney General William Barr blew up Democrats' conspiracy theories about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report and alleged Trump-Russia collusion.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also would be eligible, Barr said, and the attorney general announced something else likely to please Graham, too: another forthcoming report about investigators' use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the Russian Federation investigation.

Democrats have opened almost a dozen investigations of President Trump, but "at the top of the Democrats' list are three things they really want to see: Trump's tax returns, the full Mueller report, and Avengers: Endgame", Trevor Noah said on Tuesday's Daily Show. But as of today, Barr wouldn't answer whether the White House has or would see the report prior to its release.

Watch above via NBC News. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence Mueller presented did not amount to an obstruction charge.

"I don't intend at this stage to send the full, unredacted report to the committee", Barr said, adding that wouldn't ask a court to release grand jury material "Until someone shows me a provision" that allows it to be released. The topic of the House appropriations subcommittee hearing is the Justice Department's budget, and Barr's prepared remarks sent to the committee on Monday focused on funding requests for immigration enforcement and to combat violent crime and opioid addiction, not mentioning Mueller's report at all. "So I think that from my standpoint, within a week I will be in a position to release the report to the public".

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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.

Barr could address the issue further during questioning from lawmakers when he appears at Wednesday's Senate appropriations hearing.

The chairman of the subcommittee, Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano of NY, also said there were unanswered questions, including "serious concerns about the process by which you formulated your letter; and uncertainty about when we can expect to see the full report".

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. Questions are sure to remain, however, about the extent to which Barr has blacked out material from the report. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, confirmed that he plans to call Mueller to testify. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat and chairman of the House judiciary panel, confirmed the May 2 date on Twitter and said he would like Mueller to testify.

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