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Mueller report to be released within a week: attorney general

Mueller report to be released within a week: attorney general

"I don't intend at this stage to send the full unredacted report to the committee", Barr told a House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee.

Facing the intensifying concerns from Democrats that he may have whitewashed Mueller's findings, Barr has twice moved to defend, or at least explain, his handling of the process since receiving the special counsel's report. Barr released a four-page letter summarizing the report two days later and said he would release a redacted version of the full report by mid-April, "if not sooner".

Barr has been under scrutiny since he released a four-page summary of the investigation's key findings on March 24.

In the summary, Barr said that Mueller and his team did not establish conspiracy between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 election.

If borne out, this apparent contradiction between what Mueller's prosecutors claim is in the report and how Barr subsequently characterized it to Congress could renew criticism that Barr cherry-picked the report to justify exonerating the president of obstruction of justice.

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 favorable way for President Donald Trump.

Rep. Nita Lowey, the Democratic chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, said she was taken aback that Barr had reduced Mueller's report to a four-page letter in just two days.

"Well, the letter speaks for itself", Barr said.

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Attorney General William Barr expects to release a redacted version of the Mueller report "within a week". Barr has said he does not plan to submit the report to the White House for review.

He says Mueller's report will have portions redacted but they would be colour-coded to indicate why the information could not be made public.

But one quote from Mueller's conclusions that Barr revealed suggested a different view on obstruction. Barr, with Mueller's assistance, has spent weeks redacting material that might compromise ongoing investigations or intelligence-gathering sources and methods.

"I think it would strike a serious blow to our system, and yes, to our democracy, if that report is not fully seen", said New York Rep. Jose Serrano, the chairman of the Commerce, Science and Justice Subcommittee holding Tuesday's hearing.

In a subsequent post, Nadler said that no discussions of any kind are now underway: "We still have not heard from the attorney general". "And in many ways, your letter raises more questions than it answers".

Barr, now 68, is "not afraid to make decisions that fall into his areas of responsibility", said George Terwilliger, who served as Barr's deputy during his first stint as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush.

The topic of the House appropriations subcommittee hearing is the Justice Department's budget, and Barr's prepared remarks sent to the committee on Monday focused on funding requests for immigration enforcement and to combat violent crime and opioid addiction, not mentioning Mueller's report at all.

Barr said in the summary released last month that Mueller didn't find a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin.