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.
LOWEY Q to Barr (paraphrased): How did you produce that summary so quickly?
BARR: On March 5, we met w/ Mueller and team, had an inkling what was coming.
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) April 9, 2019
Asked how he could have read/digested/summarized 400 pages in 48 hours, Barr says "the thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the people of DOJ prior to his submission of the report. He and his people had been interacting with the DAG in his supervision of the SCO."
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) April 9, 2019
‘Misleading summary’ a silly criticism from start. Again, Barr did not summarize report; he explained conclusions (incl obstruction one he had to make/c Mueller didn’t). Now explains Mueller declined invitation to review letter (probably felt no need b/c conclusions are clear).
— Andy McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) April 9, 2019
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.
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.
CNN spent 2 years obsessing over a Russia collusion narrative that’s totally fallen apart.
But their bias continues:
CNN just decided to air 10 minutes of Democrat attacks on AG Barr.
What’d they do when Barr started speaking?
Cut away to their anti-@realDonaldTrump panel.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 9, 2019
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