Barr to testify before the Senate as Mueller's report looms

Alicia Farmer
April 13, 2019

Democrats have opened almost a dozen investigations of President Trump, but "at the top of the Democrats' list are three things they really want to see: Trump's tax returns, the full Mueller report, and Avengers: Endgame", Trevor Noah said on Tuesday's Daily Show.

"As I say, it's hard to have that discussion without the contents of the report, isn't it?" he said.

"My original timetable of being able to release by mid-April stands", Barr testified to a House Appropriations subcommittee. Barr concluded there was not enough evidence to take the case to court.

This indicates that Barr is looking into allegations that Republican lawmakers have been pursuing for more than a year - that the investigation into President Donald Trump and possible collusion with Russian Federation was tainted at the start by anti-Trump bias in the FBI and Justice Department. Democrats have expressed concern that his version will hide wrongdoing by the president and are frustrated by the four-page summary letter he released last month that they say paints Mueller's findings in an overly favorable way for the president.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Nadler would agree to the place in line Barr had given him or whether he might insist on access to Mueller's full material at the same time the redacted document appears.

The letter said that Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates around the time of the 2016 election and that Barr did not believe the evidence in the report was sufficient to prove the president had obstructed justice.

Barr also wrote that Mueller's office neither fully implicated nor exonerated Trump on the question of obstruction of justice; Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided Mueller's findings were "not sufficient", as Barr wrote.

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

"I suspect that they probably wanted more put out", Barr said.

Aderholt was referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant the Federal Bureau of Investigation used to surveil former Trump campaign associate Carter Page over the course of a year. The inquiry is separate from the Justice Department's inspector general probe on the matter, a source told Bloomberg News.

This is his first public appearance since releasing his four page summary of the Mueller report.

In a fiery opening statement, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) accused Barr of seeming to "cherry pick" from the report to "draw the most favorable conclusion possible for the president" in releasing the four-page summary last month on its findings.

Barr said he did not believe the evidence in the report was sufficient to prove the president had obstructed justice.

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