AG Barr’s testimony shatters Dem narrative on Mueller report, indicates release within a week

Did you happen to hear a chorus of groans earlier this morning? If so, it was probably your neighborhood Democrats watching Attorney General William Barr testify before the House Appropriation Committee when he told representatives that he had offered to let the Special Counsel’s office review his four-page summary before he released it.

He stated that Mueller declined the opportunity.

Lefty narrative #788 busted … you know … the gripes that Barr’s summary of conclusions were misleading and that he aimed to hide what Mueller actually found.

Next? Serving #789 … 789?

Barr said that he will be in a position to release the redacted, public version of the report within one week. He indicated he will color code the redactions, making known why certain items are blacked out … for instance, grand jury material, classified information, material tied to ongoing cases, and information that could harm peripheral third parties.

The Attorney General stated, “I am relying on my own discretion to make as much public as I can.” He also said that he doesn’t have the “latitude” to release grand jury material from the Mueller Report.

Barr was set to testify before the House subcommittee about the Department of Justice’s 2020 $29.2-billion budget proposed by the Trump administration and that was what his opening statement addressed. However, questions for him by members of the subcommittee have been dominated by the Mueller investigation.

Rep. Robert Brown Aderholt, Republican from Alabama, asked Barr whether his agency is looking into how the DOJ “used a salacious and unverified dossier as a predicate” for obtaining a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) order on a U.S. citizen.

The AG confirmed that the DOJ is investigating federal authorities’ use of FISA warrants during the probe into the Trump campaign, as they looked for ties to Russia during the 2016 election. “The Office of the Inspector General has a pending investigation of the FISA process in the Russia investigation and I expect that will be complete in probably May or June, I am told,” said Barr.

“Hopefully we will have some answers from Inspector General Horowitz on the answer of the FISA warrants. More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016,” Barr said.

He also stated that he was looking into who was behind the leak that revealed the existence of former Trump aide Carter Page’s FISA warrant and that the IG is investigating the use of surveillance warrants during the Russia probe.

Source: Barr: FISA Abuses Being Probed by Fox News


Barr was asked by Democrat Nita Lowey, committee chairperson, if Congress will receive the full unredacted version of the Mueller report, and he was noncommittal. He did say, “I’m glad to talk to Chairman Nadler and Chairman Graham as to whether they feel they need more information and see if there is a way we can accommodate that.”

Certain House Democrats such as Eric Swallwell and Adam Schiff over the course of many months have repeatedly stated that they had clear evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Rep. Tom Graves, Republican from Georgia, asked Barr: “Did they have access to any evidence that the investigators did not have access to?”

“Not to my knowledge,” Barr replied. He gave the same response when asked whether lawmakers were withholding such information from the American public.



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