Barr to testify before Senate as Mueller report looms

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Mr Barr's opening remarks focused on funding requests for immigration enforcement and the fights against violent crime and opioid addiction, not mentioning the special counsel's report at all.

Barr is appearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee one day after he testified before a House subcommittee and answered many - though not all - questions from lawmakers about the release of Mueller's almost 400 page report.

Contrary to circulating rumors, "the thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the people at the Department of Justice prior to his submission of the report", Barr said.

Barr said that even in providing the full report to Congress, which he said he would do by the end of the week, he still may have to black out some portions for security purposes.

But Barr sparred with House Democrats who pressed him on why he would not release grand jury material or provide the full, unredacted Mueller report to Congress. While Barr's letter said the special counsel did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates during 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.

Yesterday, Attorney General William Barr appeared before the House Appropriations Committee to talk about the DOJ budget, but that was more of an afterthought as the Democrats used the opportunity to showcase their virtue on the Mueller report. And he does not plan on seeking a court order to release grand jury information (which, according to the Federal rules of criminal procedure, must be kept secret unless certain exceptions are met), something Democrats have demanded in recent days.

Asked about reports that members of Mueller's legal team were unhappy with his handling of the report, Barr said he suspected any discontent may have reflected their desire to put out more information.

"I've said what I'm going to say about the report today", he said. He hid behind the "wait for the full report" excuse to justify this, using a passionless affect to deflect suspicions that he's actively involved in a cover-up.

Barr does highlight Justice Department efforts to protect future elections from foreign interference, saying securing elections is a key issue for the agency.

The move indicates Barr is following Republicans' lead on the matter.

Yes, that's right and tainted would be the best possible outcome, illegal is more like it. And when we see you taking sides against the law of the land, taking sides that we may not think is in the best interests of the American people, it troubles us'.

Meanwhile, Trump falsely claimed again Wednesday that the Mueller report had found "no obstruction". The case against Sessions was eventually closed without charges. Bloomberg also reports that the AG is forming a team to investigate the Mueller investigation. "He is the attorney general of the United States".

Meanwhile, as expected, committee Republicans acted like a bunch of corrupt clowns who have long since lost any regard for the truth, if they ever had it in the first place. "So numerous questions here today have gone toward a grassy knoll conspiracy theory", Aderholt said.