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Barr: Obstruction of Justice Evidence Won't Be Redacted

10 April, 2019, 04:48 | Author: Taylor George
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"When we do so, if we don't get everything, we will issue a subpoena and go to court", the New York Democrat told reporters Tuesday.

Sensitive information could include evidence gathered by a grand jury, classified intelligence sources and methods, and ongoing criminal investigations.

House Democrats have demanded that the Mueller report be released in its entirety.

"My intention is not to ask" a judge to authorize the public release of grand jury information, Barr said. Barr's letter, for instance, hinted that there would be at least one unknown action by the president that Mueller examined as a possible act of obstruction.

Barr is testifying before a House appropriations subcommittee Tuesday.

"We had an inkling of what was coming in our direction", he said. "And we will have that discussion".

The fight is likely to wind up in court, which Barr alluded to on Tuesday. Barr is up against Democratic Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

The escalating political battle over Special Counsel Robert Mueller III's report centers on redactions: a lawyerly editing process that has angered distrustful Democrats eager to see the all evidence and conclusions from his 22-month investigation of President Trump's conduct and Russia's elaborate interference operation during the 2016 election. Barr would say that, actually, Mueller declined an opportunity to review Barr's controversial letter on the "principal conclusions" of the report, which anonymous members of Mueller's team apparently complained about.

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After Washington waited almost two years for Mueller to conduct his investigation, Barr released a letter last month stating that the special counsel found no evidence the Trump campaign "conspired or coordinated" with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. And, Barr said, "the president has made clear he supports" efforts to provide healthcare nation-wide, including ways to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. And while he generally stayed cool under fire, he actually revealed quite a few new pieces of information about the national mystery surrounding his intentions with respect to the release of the Mueller report. The reports said that some of the evidence against Trump was more damning than Barr's letter indicated. "If you think it's such an outrageous position, you have nothing to worry about. We want to help you do the job, and you need to help us do ours".

So as of March 29, there were "no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review".

"As things stand now I don't think they will be redacted", Barr replied.

"I will consider whatever it takes to get people to see this report", said Representative José Serrano, D, chairman of the Appropriations commerce, justice, science and related agencies subcommittee.

Republican lawmakers, on the other hand, are not expected to ask questions about Mueller and will focus on budget issues in the hearing, according to a GOP aide.

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.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller waits for the beginning of a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee June 19, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Barr is also testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday, where he's likely to face similar questions ahead of the Mueller report's release.

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