Read Barr’s prepared remarks for House budget hearing (Mueller isn’t mentioned)

U.S. House judiciary chair seeks any Mueller summaries on Trump Russia probe reportMore

U.S. House judiciary chair seeks any Mueller summaries on Trump Russia probe reportMore

In his first appearance on Capitol Hill since taking office, and amid intense speculation over his review of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report, Attorney General William Barr appears before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Democrats scolded Barr over his handling of the report, telling him they were concerned that a summary of its main conclusions he released last month portrayed the investigation's findings in an overly favourable way for President Donald Trump.

The White House is saying Democrats will never see Trump's tax returns, and in case "you don't speak rich nerd", Noah said, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin just explained the Trump administrations's game plan: "They're just going to keep reviewing this request until Trump isn't president anymore". The attorney general said he expects to release a redacted version of Mueller's report on Russian interference in the campaign next week. Mueller also summarized the reasoning for and against bringing an obstruction charge against Trump.

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Republicans defended Barr, with Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt comparing Democrats' questions to theories surrounding President John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination.

In a letter to Congress on March 29 - which Barr revealed Tuesday that Mueller's team had not reviewed before he sent it - the Attorney General said he was combing through the report to redact four categories of information: grand jury material, information that could compromise sensitive intelligence sources or methods, details related to ongoing investigations and "information that would unduly infringe on the personal privacy and reputational interests of peripheral third parties".

The FBI's July 2016 counterintelligence investigation was formally opened by anti-Trump former FBI agent Peter Strzok.

"Even for someone who has done this job before, I would argue it's more suspicious than impressive", Lowey said.

"I can envision a situation where, under appropriate safeguards, that information would be shared", Barr said, referring to the redactions generally. He called on Barr to testify before the committee on May 2.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a Republican, has said he would be satisfied hearing only from Barr and not Mueller.

Predictably, Trump has now extended his 180-degree turnaround from last week on releasing Mueller's report to deriding Mueller and his team, right on schedule.

If the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees want to see more, the attorney general said he would play ball. "So I think it's important in our oversight role to release the full report to Congress".

If Mueller does testify publicly before the House Judiciary Committee, it will be the latest in a series of wildly hyped congressional hearings that have marked the the Trump presidency, from James Comey's testimony to the Kavanaugh hearings and, most recently, Michael Cohen's appearance before the House Oversight Committee.