Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Mueller report: the endless wait is nearly over

Mueller report: the endless wait is nearly over

"You've indicated some actions the special counsel investigated as potentially raising obstruction of justice concerns haven't been publicly reported".

But Democrats said Barr's redactions plans are unacceptable, and they are demanding he provide Congress with the full, unredacted report and Mueller's underlying evidence. He took over the Russian Federation probe in May 2017 after Trump abruptly fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey.

The investigation, which Trump has repeatedly called a witch hunt, ensnared 34 people and three companies, including some members of Trump's inner circle such as his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Chaffetz, a Fox News contributor and former USA congressman, said Democrats were attempting to "muddy the waters" because they were unhappy with Barr's summary, which said Mueller found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and made no determination on obstruction of justice.

Barr said in the summary released last month that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, instead presenting evidence on both sides of the question.

Nadler and Democrats say they won't be satisfied with a redacted copy; they want Mueller's full conclusions and his full supporting material.

Barr said his staff were in the process of editing out "sensitive" information - grand jury testimony, intelligence information, information involving ongoing investigations and information on "peripheral" subjects of the investigation who have not been charged.

Attorney General William Barr is expected to be asked about the Mueller report when he goes before a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday, April 9, 2019, to testify on his request for the Justice Department budget.

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Barr left open the possibility that some members of Congress would be allowed to review secret information from the report in a safe setting. Barr's statement mentions $16 million for a vetting program for those who wish to enter or remain in the United States, something he says will help the government "identify terrorists, criminals and other nefarious actors".

"I was dismayed because we have the Justice Department spending money that we appropriate pushing a lawsuit that they know is just going through the satisfy certain political elements", Cartwright explained.

In addition to Mueller questions, Barr may also be pressed on the Justice Department's role in Trump's polarizing immigration policies, including its role in "zero tolerance" policies that led to the separation of immigrant families at the border, as well as the administration's request for additional immigration judges to ease a backlog of cases.

Barr said the White House did not review his letter, but he declined to answer questions about whether the White House has been briefed on the report. The almost 400-page report is being scoured now to remove grand jury information and details relating to pending investigations.

"I personally believe not all of it is going to be great for the White House", Burr said.

He said furthermore, he and Rosenstein had met with Mueller and his team on March 5 and had a preliminary discussion about the report.

"I was willing to discuss the historic information of how the report came to me and my decision on Sunday", March 24, when he wrote a four-page letter to Congress laying out the special counsel's top-line findings.

Nadler responded on Twitter later in the day with a post that said he agrees Mueller should talk with the judiciary committee, but at the right time. The attorney general sent his four-page letter to Congress two days later.

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