Barr defends handling of Mueller's Russia report

Ann Mueller and former special counsel Robert Mueller walk in Washington

House Democrats on Wednesday approved subpoenas for Mueller's entire report and any exhibits and other underlying evidence that the Justice Department might withhold. He has yet to issue a subpoena.

President Trump stops to talk to members of the media as he walks to Marine One to depart from the South Lawn at the White House last week.

Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said he would give Barr more time to "change his mind".

The Department of Justice released a statement defending the Attorney General Bill Barr and his summary of Robert Mueller's report.

Mr Barr is reportedly making several redactions to the document.

Attorney General William Barr on Thursday defended his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russian Federation investigation, saying the confidential document contains sensitive grand jury material that prevented it from being immediately released to the public.

"Democrats continue to show day in and day out, they're nothing but sore losers".

"But if that doesn't work out in a very short order, we will issue the subpoenas", Nadler added.

The committee rejected a GOP amendment that would have 24-17 blocked the subpoenas from applying to grand jury information. Donaldson served as McGahn's chief of staff before both left the administration. In the summary, Barr said there was no evidence of a conspiracy involving Trump. "They want to redact the Mueller report before they provide it to congress", Nadler said at committee meeting before the vote on Wednesday.

The Judiciary Committee's subpoena move - based on a partisan vote - also points to a different kind of weakness, say legal and government experts.

Collins said the authorization for all of the subpoenas is "reckless" and that Democrats shouldn't be asking for documents that the Justice Department can't legally disclose to the public.

Trump at the time declared that the report was a "complete exoneration" of him. "This is nothing but political theater".

The investigators said Barr, in his memo to Congress, did not adequately portray the results of their almost two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the Times reported Wednesday, according to government officials and others familiar with their frustrations. "But it's equally possible... that it'll contain a lot of information that will further undermine the anti-Russian crusade that the Democrats have spent the last two years flocking to to the utmost". The panel's chairman was able to make the request because of a 1924 law that gives the chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee broad powers to request and receive the tax returns of any American.

Conveniently, hours after The New York Times wrote a thinly sourced article claiming members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team told "associates" that Attorney General William Barr didn't accurately summarize Mueller's findings, The Washington Post had a similar article, also using anonymous sources.

"The New York Times had no legitimate sources, which would be totally illegal, concerning the Mueller Report", Trump wrote on Twitter. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, instead, made the decision, saying that the evidence was "not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense".

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