US Attorney General Expected to Face Mueller Report Questions

Ben Davidson
April 12, 2019

Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to review controversial counterintelligence decisions made by Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, including actions taken during the probe of the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016, according to a person familiar with the matter. While opening the hearing, subcommittee Chairman Jose Serrano of NY called it "the elephant in the room".

Mr Mueller sent his final report to Barr on 22 March, ending his nearly two-year investigation into possible ties between Mr Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

"This process is going along very well and my original timetable of being able to release this by mid-April stands", Barr said.

Attorney General William Barr testified on Capitol Hill today and dodged questions about the Mueller Report.

On his program Tuesday, Limbaugh said Democrats are being "driven mad", and they can not accept that there is no Trump-Russia collusion nor a conspiracy at the Justice Department to cover it up.

The hunters are about to become the hunted, and no amount of sympathy from Democratic politicians and media talking heads will save them from the wrath of the American people they've been lying to for the past two and half years.

In the Republican-controlled Senate, the threat of a subpoena is significantly lower for Barr, but he'll still have to face off with Democratic senators who are likely to push him on the report redactions as well as his four-page summary of Mueller's conclusions.

Republicans have called for a careful review as to whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in violation of Page's constitutional rights and Federal Bureau of Investigation procedures, misled the FISA court or withheld exculpatory information, and Barr testified that a DOJ review of the FBI's FISA practices was in progress.

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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.

The thing is, numerous pundits that you see on TV, not to mention the anchors interviewing them, the producers who book them, and the newspaper editors and headline writers who travel down those same highways, powered by ink, all come from the same dreamland.

Committee Chairwoman Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) asked Barr point-blank if the White House had seen the report or was briefed on it. I watched them on the Friday night that Mueller delivered his tome to Barr as they prattled on for hours with no information, convinced that something momentous had just happened. "So numerous questions here today have gone toward a grassy knoll conspiracy theory", Aderholt said.

As he said: "I don't intend at this stage to send the full, unredacted report to the committee".

Barr said "the letter speaks for itself" and revealed that he gave Mueller an opportunity to review the letter, but he declined.

Lowey then noted that Barr wrote a memo, before even being hired as attorney general, arguing that the president can not obstruct justice.

Facing the intensifying concerns from Democrats that he may have whitewashed Mr Mueller's findings, Barr has twice moved to defend, or at least explain, his handling of the process since receiving the special counsel's report. At one point in the House hearing, he tried to cut off any more questions on the subject.

"I feel I have an obligation to make sure that government power was not abused", he said.

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