House Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing for the budget request for the Department of Justice with Attorney General William Barr.
US Attorney General William Barr says he expects to release next week the public version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on whether President Donald Trump's campaign worked with Moscow to influence the 2016 election.
Barr said that the White House had not reviewed in advance his communications to Congress about the report, but he rebuffed Lowey's attempt to ask whether the White House had seen the report since he sent his summary letter.
Barr said that Mueller's team "did not play a role in drafting" his letter to Congress, but he added, "We offered to have Bob review it before putting it out, and he declined".
Appearing before a House appropriations subcommittee, he said information will be redacted if it contains grand jury information, would reveal intelligence sources and methods, interfere with ongoing court cases and the names people who aren't criminally charged.
Two weeks after the Justice Department reversed itself and agreed with efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Bill Barr on Tuesday seemed to express skepticism that the Trump administration's latest position can withstand legal scrutiny from the Supreme Court. Instead, after the initial release of the report to the public, Barr said he plans to engage with the chairmen of both Congressional judiciary committees in order to deal with potential backlash.
He also disclosed that the Justice Department's internal watchdog, Inspector General Michael Horowitz, is expected to conclude an investigation into its counter-intelligence investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign and any connections between Moscow and Trump associates.More news: 'To commit crimes against women'? Congress mocks BJP over goof-up in manifesto
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Barr said on Tuesday that he doesn't intend "at this stage to send the full unredacted report to the committee". "I'm not going to say anything more about it until the report is out and everyone has a chance to look at it". "I think that's what drove the decision not to indict". Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama, the top Republican on the subcommittee, chided Democrats by lamenting that "so numerous questions here this morning have gone toward a grassy knoll conspiracy theory regarding the Mueller report".
On Tuesday, Barr laid out what the Justice Department needs for law enforcement across the country, but he was mostly grilled on the Mueller report and his summary of the special counsel's findings.
Nonetheless, Avlon said Barr would have to eventually face Congress's questions about the report - and he listed off some of the burning questions that he would need to answer.
Mr. Barr said he did not have insight into why some on Mr. Mueller's team were upset.
When a federal appeals court judge ruled two weeks ago that Trump-era legislation and other recent actions meant the entire Affordable Care Act should be overturned, the Justice Department made a decision to support the ruling - rather than appeal it with a position the department had been advocating previously. He later described in a March 29 follow-up letter what kind of material would be redacted and announced he meant to release the report by mid-April, if not sooner.
Barr also reminded lawmakers that the regulation he is under does not require him to release the report at all.
He also said Mueller "did not draw a conclusion - one way or the other" on whether Trump's actions obstruction, ruling that the evidence was insufficient to establish that the president had committed a crime.
Rep. Jerry Nadler of NY, the Democratic chairman of the House committee, tweeted Monday that he planned to eventually call Mueller to testify.