William Barr shows he's Trump's attorney general, not the country's

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 15, 2019

"And that's for Congress to judge whether the president obstructed justice or not, and the public ultimately".

Attorney General Bill Barr has indicated he will hand over a restricted copy of the 400-page report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that edits out "sensitive" details sometime next week.

Trump has described former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who initially chose to investigate him as "dirty cops". According to the summary, Mueller found no collusion with Russian Federation but made no definitive conclusions on obstruction of justice.

"Nunes" move is an escalation by Trump's allies in Congress to pivot from Mueller's still-unreleased findings to the conduct of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department investigators who initiated the Russian Federation probe", Politico reports.

Since then, Democrats have been pressuring Barr to release the entire report without redactions to show how Mueller and the Department of Justice came to their conclusions.

Barr was on Capitol Hill last week testifying before a panel of the House Appropriations Committee on unrelated budget matters, and he was clear that he didn't want to talk much about the Mueller report - but Democrats certainly did.

Axios reported some of the claims that Trump has been fully exonerated might not be what Americans see when the report is released.

The president's latest comments come days after he called the probe an attempted "coup", while Barr promised to investigate FBI "spying" on Trump.

All of that suggests the controversy is likely to be far from over even when the redacted, lengthy Mueller report is released. Later in the hearing, Barr clarified that he has no "specific evidence" of such surveillance but that he has "questions about it" and "concerns about various aspects of it".

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