Attorney General Bill Barr was on Capitol Hill today to testify in front of lawmakers, and he certainly didn’t disappoint.
At the center of his appearance is his handling of the Robert Mueller report into the “RussiaGate” theory, long held by some in Washington, that Donald Trump or his 2016 campaign were somehow compromised by the Russian government. In a 4-page summary of the report, Barr told Congress that no further charges would be filed, igniting a firestorm of controversy among the hotly divided American people.
As Barr faced grilling today, a few key points of his testimony stand out.
Mr. Barr, hit immediately with questions about his handling of the Mueller report by Democrats, reiterated his vow to be as transparent as possible and said that he will turn over a redacted version of the report to Congress and the public within a week.
Mr. Barr went over the categories of information he says he must black out — like information that is subject to grand-jury secrecy rules — and said that whatever he censors in the report, he will identify the reason.
“This process is going along very well and my original timetable of being able to release this by mid-April stands,” he said. “And so I think that from my standpoint, within a week I will be in a position to release the report to the public.”
This will come as a partial relief to the American people, who have been held figuratively hostage by the secrecy surrounding Robert Mueller’s investigation for 22 long months.
Barr did however say that he would not personally seek to have the grand jury testimony contained within the Mueller report be made public; something that only an adjudication in the legal system could bring about.
There is little doubt that Congress would be interested in pursuing such an option – something that Barr himself made clear.
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