Barr's handling of the almost 400-page report has roiled Washington in recent weeks, with Democrats pressing to learn the full scope of what the Special Counsel's investigation found. And in a dig at Nadler, Barr also noted in his testimony that the current special counsel regulations, which make the report confidential, were written after the Ken Starr investigating into President Bill Clinton.
Justice Department lawyers and officials in Mueller's office are working to redact sensitive information in the lengthy document, a process that is going smoothly, Barr testified before the House Appropriations Committee.
Barr said his authority came from the regulation that sets up the Special Counsel, which provides for the Special Counsel report to go to him, and for him to decide what to release, consistent with longstanding DOJ policy. "This report is too important to all of us".
House Democrats were given their first chance to question Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday, and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) didn't hide her views on Barr's handling of the final report from special counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller found evidence on both sides of the question of whether Trump obstructed justice in the Russian Federation investigation, according to Barr's earlier letter to Congress about Mueller's investigation.
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On March 24, Barr had submitted his principal conclusions from Mueller's 22-month long investigation into alleged Russian Federation interference in the 2016 elections to the US Congress.
"From a prosecutor's standpoint", he said, "the bottom line is binary, which is charges or no charges".
Trump, speaking to reporters Wednesday at the White House, decreed it an "illegal investigation" conducted by "dirty cops".
Further, Barr said the report will "color code the decisions from the report and put in explanatory notes making it public" to distinguish the redactions between the various categories.
Barr was asked about the recent New York Times report that members of the special counsel team were disappointed by his March 24 letter.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that Congress shouldn't be given the unredacted Mueller report because it would leak. He added, "My intention is not to ask for it at this stage". They say that was the start of the probe that Trump calls a "witch hunt" and that Mueller took over after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Democratic lawmakers expressed frustration after the hearing that Barr wouldn't answer certain questions, such as whether the White House had been briefed about the Mueller report. Jerry Moran. He said that though he did not have specific evidence of wrongdoing, "I do have questions about it".
Mueller also summarized the reasoning for and against bringing an obstruction charge against Trump.
"It's hard to have that discussion without the contents of the report, isn't it?"
In response, Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, sent Nadler a letter on Monday, arguing that the committee should invite Mueller to testify about his work during the last week of April, after the redacted report comes out. Aderholt referred to the claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used the Steele dossier as a means to obtain a warrant on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page - an intermediary that a Russian spy reportedly thought was an "idiot".
Although a separate inspector general report on whether the FBI abused its surveillance powers is anticipated by May or June, another investigation is well underway, according to a Tuesday report from Fox News.
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