Case, Dems probe Barr for Mueller Report during budget hearing
United States Attorney General William Barr told Congress today he will likely release a redacted version of the Mueller report “within a week."
United States Attorney General William Barr told Congress today he will likely release a redacted version of the Mueller report “within a week.”
Barr testified Tuesday morning before the House Appropriations Committee, which included Hawaii Congressman Ed Case.
This was meant to be a traditional budget hearing with Barr outlining the Justice Department’s plans for the next year.
But after a while, it became anything but that with Case and Democrats grilling Barr about the release of the Mueller Report, which reviewed whether or not Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign worked with the Russian government or other foreign agents to win the election; whether Congress will get to see the full report, and which parts Barr will keep redacted, or hidden from the public.
Barr’s testimony lasted about two-and-a-half hours before the Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science.
Case had one of the more animated exchanges with the attorney general, going back and forth about whether Barr and the Justice Department will ask the judge who oversaw Robert Mueller’s grand jury to release that information, which Barr has said would otherwise remain private.
“I think if the (House Judiciary) Chairman (Jerrold Nadler) believes he is entitled to receive it, he can move the court for it,” Barr said.
“It’s your right to ask. So, I’ll ask what is your intention?” Case replied.
“My intention is not to ask for it as this stage,” Barr said.
Case also held up the heavily redacted and blacked out supplemental memos from Aug. 2017, from then deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein to Mueller, as a prop to criticize the A.G.’s redactions.
Case said while he expects Barr to release something next week, he’s not convinced it will be the full report.
“He seemed to think that it was doing Congress a favor to provide us with the entirety of the report,” Case said of Tuesday’s hearing. “I don’t think he appreciated the importance of Congress exercising oversight.”
Barr has said he will provide color-coded redactions and explanations for why each section is to remain private, likely meaning Congressional Democrats will have to keep fighting for the full report.