Attorney General William Barr appeared before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday to talk about budgetary matters, but the only thing anyone cared about was Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report and Barr's four-page letter summarizing of it.
William Barr made the announcement on Tuesday his team will review decisions made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department during the probe of the Trump campaign.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifying on Capitol Hill, April 09, 2019.
Barr apparently made reference to the team Tuesday while testifying before Congress.
Barr defends the infamous four-page letter: Barr has been heavily criticized by Democrats for the four-page letter he sent to Congress upon reviewing Mueller's report; specifically, the portion where he determined that President Donald Trump should not be charged with obstruction of justice based on the available evidence.
At the House hearing, Barr said he expected to release a redacted version of the Mueller report within a week, with plans to color-code redactions and provide an explanation for why material was not released publicly. Two days later when Barr released his slap-dash book report, the must-say-something crowd grew so eager to take Trump's total exoneration bait hook, line, and sinker.
Barr, who was nominated to his post by Trump four months ago, was asked about spying by Republican Sen.
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. They'll see exactly what Barr wants them to see.
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, with Mueller's assistance, has spent weeks redacting material that might compromise ongoing investigations or intelligence-gathering sources and methods. Brian Schatz if he wanted to rephrase his language, Barr suggested he intended no nefarious connotations but simply wanted to make sure there was "no unauthorized surveillance".
Trump himself, who has repeatedly called the investigation of his campaign a "witch hunt", said on Wednesday, "It was started illegally".
Barr said he did not attempt to summarize the special counsel's report because to do so would simply trigger criticism of being under inclusive or over inclusive.
Though he said the document will be redacted to withhold negative information about peripheral figures in the investigation, he said that would not apply to Trump, an officeholder and someone central to the probe.
Barr said in the summary released last month that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, instead presenting evidence on both sides of the question. When Crist asked about Trump's claim of total exoneration, despite Mueller's explicit statement that the report "does not exonerate" the president, Barr pretended that determining the meaning of the word "exonerate" was above his pay grade.