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AG William Barr testifies in House hearing

13 April 2019

The Mueller report is not the goal of the meeting, and in a prepared statement released ahead of the session Barr does not mention it. Jerry Moran. He said that though he did not have specific evidence of wrongdoing, "I do have questions about it".

In excerpts from her opening statement released Monday night, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said that Barr's summary letter "raises more questions than it answers".

The Department of Justice offered Mueller to review the March 24 letter, but the special counsel declined, according to Barr.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY tweeted that Barr's comments "directly contradict" what the Justice Department previously has said, and intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California said Barr's testimony surely pleases Trump but "also strikes another destructive blow to our democratic institutions". The one possible exception he left open: If the chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees wanted to see the full report, Barr seems to suggest he would be willing to talk to them about that.

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.

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.

They falsely claimed Mueller had exonerated Trump, painted House Democrats' investigations as partisan overreach and planned to target news outlets and individual reporters they believe promoted the collusion story.

Barr wrote to Congress last month that Mueller's investigation did not establish a conspiracy between President Trump's campaign and the Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"I feel that I have an obligation to ensure government power was not abused", Barr said. His review is separate from a Justice Department inspector general investigation into the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation probe, which Barr said he expects to conclude sometime around May or June.

He said Tuesday he expected Horowitz's review, which includes the FBI's process to obtain a surveillance warrant on former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page, will be completed in "May or June".

Barr also said he expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's almost 400-page report next week - a slight change from the estimate he gave Tuesday, when he said the release would be within a week.

Barr's statement Wednesday that he expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's almost 400-page report next week marked a slight change from the estimate he gave Tuesday, when he said the release would be within a week.

AG William Barr testifies in House hearing