Attorney general defends handling of special counsel's report

Attorney general defends handling of special counsel's report

Attorney general defends handling of special counsel's report

Both newspapers accuse Attorney General William Barr of mishandling the release of material in Robert Mueller's Special Counsel report, in addition to mischaracterizing the findings of the report in the four page summary released two weeks. ago.

Barr is planning to release a full, yet redacted, version of Mueller's report by mid-April, possibly sooner.

Members of Robert Mueller's team reportedly feel that Barr did not adequately represent the key findings of their two-year investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion with Donald Trump's campaign. The Justice Department ignored that deadline, with Barr telling committee chairmen in a letter last week that he was in the process of redacting portions of the nearly 400-page report and it would be released by mid-April, "if not sooner".

According to the letter, Mueller's report said Mueller "reached no conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice, although the attorney general said the evidence did not warrant obstruction charges against the president", NBC News reported.

"The subpoena for the Mueller report and its underlying evidence commands the attorney general to do what the unthinkable is", said committee ranking member Doug Collins (R-Ga.).

On top of all that, Boot notes, are concerns over Trump's tax returns, which the president has not made public-and which Democrat Richard Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has requested from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The Washington Post then similarly reported that at least some of the dozens of investigators on Mueller's team "are frustrated with the limited information" Barr has released.

In his statement, Barr defended the decision to release a brief summary letter two days after receiving the report on March 22. Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec disputed this claim in a statement that was included in the Post's article, but not the Times'.

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Nadler, whose committee would preside over any impeachment proceedings against the president, said the committee has the right to see the entire 400-page report and all supporting evidence.

Grand jury information must remain confidential under federal law.

The rallies were thinly attended, with about 250 people outside the White House and about 300 in New York's Times Square waving signs, singing and demanding the report, which is almost 400 pages long excluding appendices.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said he would give Attorney General William Barr time to produce the final, unredacted report to Congress before issuing the subpoena; however he did not provide a timeline on when that would happen.

"The New York Times had no legitimate sources, which would be totally illegal, concerning the Mueller Report".

Her response was to pivot and complain that Democrats are just mad that President Donald Trump beat them - even though this report doesn't have anything to do with Democrats.

Democrats believe the report may contain additional examples of Russian attempts to contact Trump's campaign.

Lawmakers and observers say it's too early to know how the tussle between investigators in Congress and this White House will compare with previous times when the opposition took over - especially in the House, where it's much easier for the majority party to work its will.

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