AG William Barr testifies in House hearing

Donald Trump says he has not read 'total waste of time' Mueller report

Attorney General William Barr recently testified before the House Appropriations subcommittee regarding the Department of Justice's 2020 budget.

The Mueller report is not the objective of the meeting, and in a prepared statement released ahead of the session Barr does not mention it.

A federal judge in Washington refused on Tuesday to fast-track the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russian Federation investigation, ruling that a group suing for those records had failed to show that it would be irreparably harmed by a slower disclosure process.

Barr reminded Tuesday's House panel he plans to release Mueller's report "within a week", a fact that has little hope of silencing the mounting accusations of a cover-up that have issued from the anti-Trump "Resistance" ever since the AG released a three-page summary of the report which appeared to exonerate the president of collusion charges without making a clear statement about his guilt on obstruction charges.

US Attorney General Bill Barr said Tuesday that his review of the Mueller Russia meddling investigation report is on schedule and he could release a redacted version by next week.

The chairman of the subcommittee, Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano of NY, also said there were unanswered questions, including "serious concerns about the process by which you formulated your letter; and uncertainty about when we can expect to see the full report".

"It was started illegally". Unlike them, it actually stands a chance to offer a bit of national healing.

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Barr, who was nominated to his post by Trump four months ago, was asked about spying by Republican Sen.

Explaining the rapid turnaround for his letter, Barr said, "The thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the Department of Justice prior to the submission of the report".

LUCAS: Well, the Justice Department's inspector general is looking into alleged surveillance abuses in the Russian Federation investigation. "The question is whether it was adequately predicated" - meaning whether it was legally justified. "There were dirty cops". "I am saying I am concerned about it, and I am looking into it", he said. 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.

Barr may have been referring to a secret surveillance warrant that the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained in the fall of 2016 to monitor the communications of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing. They also want all of the underlying documents from the investigation.

President Trump has called the special counsel investigation a "witch hunt", and he tweeted in May 2018 that he was demanding the "Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes".

Predictably, Trump has now extended his 180-degree turnaround from last week on releasing Mueller's report to deriding Mueller and his team, right on schedule.

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