Attorney General William Barr Defends His 4-Page Conclusion of the Mueller Investigation, Will Not Release Full Report; Will Skip House Hearing on Thursday

Attorney General William Barr Defends His 4-Page Conclusion of the Mueller Investigation, Will Not Release Full Report; Will Skip House Hearing on Thursday

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On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his 4-page summary of the Mueller report regarding the Russian Investigation in the 2016 presidential election. 

Special counsel Robert Mueller himself objected Barr’s 4-page summary, releasing his own letter raising concerns about Barr’s summary claiming it “did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of the office’s work and conclusions.”

Barr defended all of his decisions made in the process of the Mueller report and in his 4-page letter summarizing the report.

“I didn’t exonerate. I said that we did not believe that there was sufficient evidence to establish an obstruction offense, which is the job of the Justice Department,” Barr said. “And the job of the Justice Department is now over. That determines whether or not there is a crime. The report is now in the hands of the American people, everyone can decide for themselves.”

All of the Democrats want Barr to resign, claiming he mislead Congress and the public about Mueller’s concerns. None of them liked the way he handled the investigation or his decision to not prosecute the President for obstruction of justice. They also accused him of operating more like Trump’s personal attorney rather than the nation’s top law enforcement officer. 

“You lied. And now we know,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat. “Being attorney general of the United States is a sacred trust. You have betrayed that trust. America deserves better. You should resign.”

On Thursday, Barr was expected to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday because Barr doesn’t want to publicly face questions from committee staff attorneys.

The Justice Department will not be handing over the full, unreacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller. If the Justice Department does not change its mind over the next few days, the committee is likely to begin contempt proceedings against Barr for the full report.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to committee Chairman Jerry Nadler on Wednesday outlining the reasons why Barr would not turn over the full report and underlying evidence. “This subpoena is not legitimate oversight,” Boyd wrote, calling the request “extraordinarily burdensome.”
The committee will still meet Thursday, without Barr. Nadler said the panel’s primary focus is to obtain the full report and Mueller’s underlying evidence, not Barr’s testimony.
The Committee is working to get a date for Mueller to testify, hoping for May 15, but it has not been confirmed.
Written by Clarke Jones
Source: CNN

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