Barr returns to Capitol Hill, where he'll face more Mueller questions

Barr returns to Capitol Hill, where he'll face more Mueller questions

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. The Democrats are demanding that they see the full report and all its underlying evidence as Trump and his Republican allies are pushing back.

Barr said the mid-April deadline for releasing the report still stands.

Tuesday's hearing came a little more than two weeks after Mueller wrapped up a 22-month-long probe into whether members of Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the White House race and if he obstructed official inquiries into the matter. Of course, the news of the impending release of the report did not satisfy all congressional Democrats.

Tuesday's Department of Justice budget hearing will be Barr's first time on Capitol Hill since Mueller filed his report on the Russian Federation probe and possible ties to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. He also said that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, instead presenting evidence on both sides of the question. More likely, the report will include a series of troubling facts, many of which we already know, but none of which are enough to could convince Republicans to turn on Trump. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat and chairman of the House judiciary panel, confirmed the May 2 date on Twitter and said he would like Mueller to testify.

Redacted official documents or reports typically have sections blacked out to protect sensitive information. If, for example, the grand jury material largely appears related to periphery cases not central to the president's behavior - such as, for example, testimony about Roger Stone related to additional charges similar to those that are already public - then it might not be worth the fight.

"We will color code the excisions from the report and we will provide explanatory notes describing the basis for each redaction", Barr said.

"A headline today is that William Barr's personally reviewing the conduct of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in launching the Trump Russia collusion hoax".

"I can envision a situation where under appropriate safeguards, that information can be shared", Barr said. "So I think it's important in our oversight role to release the full report to Congress".

While the president unleashed his personal grievances, his team seized on any exculpatory information in Barr's letter, hoping to swiftly define the conversation, according to six White House officials and outside advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss private deliberations. The reports said that some of the evidence against Trump was more damning than Barr's letter indicated. Barr's statement mentions $16 million for a vetting program for those who wish to enter or remain in the United States, something he says will help the government "identify terrorists, criminals and other nefarious actors".

"The Democrats will never be satisfied, no matter what they get, how much they get, or how many pages they get", Trump tweeted Monday, two days after he blasted "Bob Mueller's team of 13 Trump Haters & Angry Democrats".

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