Mueller report will be released within a week: U.S. attorney general

US Attorney General Expected to Face Mueller Report Questions

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal", Barr told senators at a budget hearing that, like a similar House hearing Tuesday, was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Democrats scolded Barr over his handling of the report, telling him they were concerned that a summary of its main conclusions he released last month portrayed the investigation's findings in an overly favourable way for President Donald Trump.

While the US public has clamored for a full disclosure of the report with as few redactions as possible, Barr said the redactions to the report-currently underway-will be based upon legal requirements concerning material produced by the grand jury, classified intelligence material, information connected to open or ongoing investigations, and material that would impact the privacy or reputations of individuals peripheral to the probe. Barr responded, "I've said what I'm going to say about the report", effectively refusing to answer the question until after the full report is released to Congress.

Barr apparently made reference to the team Tuesday while testifying before Congress.

Barr could address the issue further during questioning from lawmakers when he appears at Wednesday's Senate appropriations hearing.

Following Barr's testimony on Tuesday, Lowey stressed Democrats' desire to see the unredacted document and raised concerns about whether the attorney general shared it with the White House. "People can then read the report", he said.

Barr also dismissed accusations that he was hasty to release the March 24 letter outlining the conclusions of the report.

Barr also may opt to redact portions that discuss people who were investigated but not charged such as Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The attorney general said he has not received the criminal investigation referrals from Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that the lawmaker mentioned earlier in the week.

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Huffman says in a statement she is "in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done". They allegedly pursued doing the same for their younger daughter, but ultimately decided not to repeat their actions.

Still, Barr maintains that it wasn't meant to be a full summary, and that Mueller declined to review the letter before it was sent.

"Looks like Bob Mueller's team of 13 Trump Haters & Angry Democrats are illegally leaking information to the press", Trump tweeted Sunday, taking aim at Muller's team after headlines emerged that their report figures much worse for Trump than Barr's original summary made it seem.

"I'm operating under a regulation that was put together during the Clinton administration and does not provide for the publication of the report, but I'm relying on my own discretion to make as much public as I can", he said.

The request to the Justice Department, Schiff said, would fall under a grand jury exemption for material related to counterintelligence matters, and Schiff didn't rule out using a subpoena if necessary.

"I haven't seen the referrals yet from Congressman Nunes, but obviously if there is a predicate for an investigation it will be conducted", Barr said.

First is grand jury information, or "6 (e)" material that was obtained during grand jury proceedings, which under the law has to be redacted.

Barr is scheduled to testify on the report itself at separate hearings before the Senate and House judiciary committees on May 1 and May 2.

Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, announced last week he was sending eight criminal referrals to Barr regarding abuses committed by the FBI and DoJ during the Russiagate investigation - including three that involve efforts to mislead and abuse the FISA courts.

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