Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Barr: Obstruction of Justice Evidence Won't Be Redacted

Barr: Obstruction of Justice Evidence Won't Be Redacted

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.

"I felt I should state bottom-line conclusions, and I tried to use special counsel Mueller's own language in doing that", he said. The note said Mueller's team found that the Putin government carried out a social media campaign created to "sow social discord, eventually with the aim of disrupting the election".

He said Barr's testimony "totally undercuts" the Democratic narrative that the summary of Mueller's report was somehow "bogus" and biased in favor of President Trump.

Lowey went on to call the quick turnaround on Barr's letter to Congress "more suspicious than impressive". Two days later when Barr released his slap-dash book report, the must-say-something crowd grew so eager to take Trump's total exoneration bait hook, line, and sinker.

Barr also said that while the special counsel did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was not sufficient evidence to charge the president with a crime.

Last week, Democrats on the House judiciary committee prepared subpoenas that they plan to issue to the Justice Department if Barr does not agree to release the Mueller report in full. Besides, the Beltway 500 reasoned, the actual full Mueller Report was coming any day now.

Barr is expected to submit a redacted copy of the report to the public and Congress by mid-April, or sooner.

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Explaining the rapid turnaround for his letter, Barr said, "The thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the Department of Justice prior to the submission of the report".

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been investigating the use of the (FISA) warrants in the Russian Federation investigation since March past year. And Collins likely hopes he'll be able to put concern about a "cover-up" to rest with two questions: "Do you believe that Attorney General Barr has deliberately worked to soften your report's impact on President Trump, and does the public version of the report accurately represent the scope of your findings?"

It is unknown how willing Barr will be to answer questions regarding the report or its findings.

Barr stressed on Tuesday that he does not intend "at this stage to send the full unredacted report to the committee".

Inviting Mueller to testify, Collins continued, would ensure "we will all hear the unfiltered truth from a man who conducted his investigation with integrity and professionalism".

We have a need to know.

If it prevails, the Justice Department's latest legal position would "sweep away" protections provided by the Affordable Care Act, Democrats said.

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