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Read Barr’s prepared remarks for House budget hearing (Mueller isn’t mentioned)

Read Barr’s prepared remarks for House budget hearing (Mueller isn’t mentioned)

Calling out House Judiciary Democrats for putting Attorney General William Barr in a legal and political catch-22 on releasing special counsel Robert Mueller's report, the top Republican on the committee is daring Dems to move on impeachment or bring in Mueller to testify publicly. While the four-page letter released by Barr said the special counsel did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates around the time of the 2016 election, it also said Mueller had presented evidence on both sides of the obstruction question and ultimately did not reach a conclusion on it. Of course, the news of the impending release of the report did not satisfy all congressional Democrats.

Specifically, Barr is looking into the standard for opening counterintelligence investigations.

He also said he would provide notes about why those sections were redacted.

The White House is saying Democrats will never see Trump's tax returns, and in case "you don't speak rich nerd", Noah said, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin just explained the Trump administrations's game plan: "They're just going to keep reviewing this request until Trump isn't president anymore".

"I feel that I have an obligation to ensure government power was not abused", Barr said.

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He said Tuesday he expected Horowitz's review, which includes the FBI's process to obtain a surveillance warrant on former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page, will be completed in "May or June".

"As I've stated before, in order to ensure that our immigration system works properly, we must secure our nation's borders, and we must ensure that our laws allow us to process, hold, and remove those who violate our immigration laws", Barr says. He said that the letter may have been read to them, but they did not get a hard copy of it. A separate investigation is being conducted by the Justice Department inspector general into the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation probe, which Barr said he expects to conclude sometime around May or June. "And the first impression of the Mueller report was very good for Trump". The attorney general's explosive testimony marked his Capitol Hill appearance since he revealed the central findings of Mueller's investigation, and he indicated the full report - with redactions - would be made public within the week. Barr didn't answer, insisting he has said everything he planned to say about the report until it comes out.

"The thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the people at the Department of Justice prior to his submission of the report", Barr told Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY).

Though he said the document will be redacted to withhold negative information about peripheral figures in the investigation, he said that would not apply to Trump, who is an officeholder and central to the probe.


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