Barr on Mueller memo: 'The letter speaks for itself'

Mueller Team Our Report Much More Damning than Attorney General Says
            
             
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Barr has been working with top advisers and Mueller to prepare the almost 400-page report for public release. He has said that he did not intend for his four-page summary of Mueller's main conclusions to be an "exhaustive recounting" of his work and that he could not immediately release the entire report because it included grand jury material and other sensitive information that needed to first be redacted.

At the House hearing, Barr said he expected to release a redacted version of the Mueller report within a week, with plans to color-code redactions and provide an explanation for why material was not released publicly.

Barr does highlight Justice Department efforts to protect future elections from foreign interference, saying securing elections is a key issue for the agency.

"If you seek both transparency and for the American public to learn the full contours of the special counsel's investigation, public testimony from special counsel Mueller himself is undoubtedly the best way to accomplish this goal".

Barr said in the summary released last month that Mueller didn't find a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin.

Barr was testifying for a second day at a congressional budget hearing that was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation.

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. When asked if he has shown or discussed the report with the White House, Barr notably declined to answer.

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".

Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report about that could be done in May or June, Barr said. On Monday, the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee agreed to also call on Mueller to testify. "I'm not going to say anything more about it until the report is out and even has a chance to look at it". Mueller also summarized the reasoning for and against bringing an obstruction charge against Trump.

The host of the Fox News program, Maria Bartiromo, told Nunes that he "ought to be taking a victory lap here" after Barr's memo said there was no evidence of Russian collusion.

Barr's investigation into the origins of the Russian Federation probe is separate from the long-running Office of Inspector General investigation into the Justice Department's handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

"Time really is of the essence", he said.

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