Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

White House steps up attacks as Mueller report release nears

White House steps up attacks as Mueller report release nears

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Attorney General William Barr blew up Democrats' conspiracy theories about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report and alleged Trump-Russia collusion.

In the Republican-controlled Senate, the threat of a subpoena is significantly lower for Barr, but he'll still have to face off with Democratic senators who are likely to push him on the report redactions as well as his four-page summary of Mueller's conclusions. North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, a Trump confidant who has raised concerns about Justice Department conduct investigating Trump, tweeted that Barr's willingness to step in is "massive".

"Within a week I will be in position to release that report to the public and then I will engage with the chairmen of both judiciary committees about that report, about any further requests that they have", Barr said at his first appearance before Congress since receiving the report on March 22.

Mueller sent his final report to Barr on March 22, ending his nearly two-year investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Of course, the news of the impending release of the report did not satisfy all congressional Democrats.

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. While the four-page letter released by Barr said the special counsel did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates around the time of the 2016 election, it also said Mueller had presented evidence on both sides of the obstruction question and ultimately did not reach a conclusion on it.

Other Democrats made similar comments on Barr's decisions related to the review of Mueller's probe, which, according to Barr, found no evidence of collusion and did not make a determination on obstruction of justice.

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"If you decline to launch an impeachment inquiry, which is your clear legal path to the 6 (e) grand jury information, I suggest instead inviting Special Counsel Mueller in to testify before the Committee as soon as possible", Collins wrote.

Redacted official documents or reports typically have sections blacked out to protect sensitive information.

Barr released the four-page letter summarising the report two days later and said he would release a redacted version of the full report by mid-April, "if not sooner".

"I haven't seen the referrals yet from Congressman Nunes, but obviously if there is a predicate for an investigation it will be conducted", Barr said. "So I think it's important in our oversight role to release the full report to Congress".

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".

CHANG: OK. So other than the timeline of the release, what else did we learn from Barr today on the Mueller report?

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