WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- On Tuesday’s congressional hearing of the House appropriations committee, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said he will be releasing the complete report of Special Counsel Mueller on the Russian probe.
- The full release of the Mueller report to Congress and to the public had been unanimously voted for by Congress for them to review its details, according to the subcommittee chairman.
- Following Mueller’s release of the report, Barr presented a letter to Congress outlaying major points of the report that said there was no evidence of collusion with Russia.
Within a week, the long-awaited report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will be released, said U.S. Attorney General William Barr at a congressional hearing.
“I will be in position to release that report to the public and then I will engage with the chairmen of both judiciary committees about that report, about any further requests that they have,” Barr told lawmakers on Tuesday.
On March 22, Mueller submitted the confidential report to Barr following a 22-month-long investigation into whether Donald Trump committed collusion with Russia during his presidential campaign in 2016 and obstruction of details into the matter.
This was followed by a four-page letter from Barr to Congress on March 24 that laid out the major findings of Mueller. Although Barr was supposed to release an edited version of the report, Democrats insisted on its full release for review after Barr concluded in his letter that the probe did not indicate any evidence of collusion.
During the hearing on Tuesday meant to examine the $29 billion fiscal 2020 budget request of the Trump administration for the Justice Department, Barr was questioned by top Democrats of the appropriations committee regarding his handling of the Mueller report.
“This Congress voted unanimously to see that report, said Jose Serrano, the subcommittee’s chairman. “The American people deserve to see the full Mueller report, and to be trusted to make their own determinations on the merits,” he added.
Democratic Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Nita Lowey, also said that rather answering questions, Barr’s letter seemed to invite more questions. She also added that the report seemed to mainly draw conclusions that are only favorable for the president.