Barr may discuss Mueller report before House committee


On Tuesday, Barr told members of Congress in his first public appearance since receiving Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report that his earlier projection of releasing a version by mid-April still stood.

While the US public has clamored for a full disclosure of the report with as few redactions as possible, Barr said the redactions to the report-currently underway-will be based upon legal requirements concerning material produced by the grand jury, classified intelligence material, information connected to open or ongoing investigations, and material that would impact the privacy or reputations of individuals peripheral to the probe. "Within a week, I will be in a position to release the report to the public and then I will engage with the chairman of the Judiciary committees on its release to the Congress", The Hill quoted Barr as saying.

"More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016", Barr said.

With or without the threat of impeachment, there is a possibility that Democrats could obtain disclosure if a court, recognizing that the fight over the Mueller materials is an extraordinary circumstance, exercises its authority over grand jury matters to make a disclosure. Barr anticipated referrals from House intelligence committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-California), but denied having yet seen the referrals.

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. "That's something that has been really important to us".

"The Democrats will never be satisfied, no matter what they get, how much they get, or how many pages they get".

"You're darn right I'm going after them again, " Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's attorneys, told The Associated Press.

While Trump and top Republican leaders welcomed Barr's summary of the Mueller report, several Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have alleged discrepancies and called for transparency.

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In the summary, Barr said that Mueller and his team did not establish conspiracy between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 election.

"From a prosecutor's standpoint", he said, "the bottom line is binary, which is charges or no charges".

Barr also suggested that the report would not be filled with pages of redactions.

Justice Department officials are scouring the report to remove grand jury information and details relating to pending investigations, among other materials.

Barr reiterated the four categories of information he wants to redact from the Mueller report before its release. He added, "My intention is not to ask for it at this stage".

Others have said Barr made the right decision on the obstruction question, noting that it is hard to prove that Trump committed criminal obstruction if Mueller did not find that he destroyed evidence or directly interfered with the investigation - even though he assailed the inquiry as a "witch hunt" and called the investigators partisan zealots.

"I believe that our country must respond to any foreign interference with the strongest measures, and we must work with partners at the state level to ensure that our election infrastructure is completely protected", his statement says.

His summary stated that Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates, and that Barr, along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, did not find evidence to prove the president had obstructed justice.