Attorney General William Barr Testifies on Trump’s DOJ Budget Request

Henrietta Strickland
April 12, 2019

Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to review controversial counterintelligence decisions made by Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, including actions taken during the probe of the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016, according to a person familiar with the matter. To keep the hoax alive after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation completely debunked it, they've had to invent a new "cover up" theory, implying that Barr is lying to them and that the Mueller Report actually has the dirt they had promised Americans for over two years.

Mr Barr told members of Congress at his first public appearance since receiving special counsel Robert Mueller's report that his earlier projection of releasing a version by mid-April still stood.

Democrats have criticized Barr for not releasing Mueller's report in full since it was finished on Friday, March 22.

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 favourable way for President Donald Trump. Barr said he expected the inspector general's work to be completed by May or June.

Barr said in the summary that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice and instead presented evidence on both sides of the question.

Republicans, meanwhile, praised Barr for looking into the matter. And intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California said Barr's comments were sure to please Trump, but strike "another destructive blow to our democratic institutions". Jerry Moran. He said that though he did not have specific evidence of wrongdoing, "I do have questions about it".

"I think spying did occur", Barr told the senators, his words blowing another massive hole in the Democrats' carefully-crafted messaging edifice. They have zeroed in on Mueller's decision to punt on whether Trump had obstructed justice, which Barr said "leaves it to the attorney general to determine".

Barr's new probe is separate from an existing investigation by the Office of the Inspector General into how a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was obtained, the source said, while Barr told the House panel that the OIG investigation would be finished within the next few months.

Asked again about spying at the end of the hearing, Barr tempered his tone. "I'm just saying if you think it's such an outrageous position you have nothing to worry about".

"I personally believe not all of it is going to be great for the White House", Burr said.

Barr was also questioned about the initial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants approved to surveil members of the Trump campaign. Critics of the Russian Federation investigation have seized on the fact that the warrant application cited Democratic-funded opposition research, done by a former British spy, into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

"All we have is your four-page summary, which seems to cherry-pick from report to draw the most favorable conclusion possible for the president", she said at the hearing.

"It was started illegally". Now his claims that the real thing will be out "within a week" are already getting heavy play, even though there's every reason to fear it will be so heavily redacted as to be useless. "There were dirty cops". Attorney General William Barr submitted a four-page summary of Mueller's report to Congress, in which he indicated the special counsel had not found evidence of criminal collusion or conspiracy between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election cycle. Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein then concluded that there was insufficient evidence for an obstruction crime.

Barr's statement that he expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's almost 400-page report next week marked a slight change from the estimate he gave Tuesday, when he said the release would be within a week. Not only will the redactions be color-coded according to which of Barr's previously-stated four categories of withheld information they happen to fall into, but Barr also said he plans to provide explanatory documentation justifying each redaction.

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