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Barr: 'I've Said What I'm Going to Say About the Report Today'

Attorney general says redacted version of Mueller report will be out within a week
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2019 10:05 AM CDT
In his first appearance on Capitol Hill since taking office, Attorney General William Barr appears before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – The attorney general appeared before a House panel Tuesday ostensibly to talk about a mundane issue—the Justice Department's budget. Democrats, however, had a much different topic in mind—the Mueller report. So far, William Barr hasn't divulged much new information, however. He said he's still on track to release a redacted version "within a week," and he will explain the need for any specific redactions at that time, reports the New York Times. (They'll be color-coded, notes Roll Call.) In one early exchange of note, Barr declined to answer a line of questioning about whether the White House had seen the report before he issued his summary.

"Did the White House see the report before you released your summarizing letter?" asked Rep. Nita Lowey of the Appropriations Subcommittee. She also wanted to know if anyone from the White House had seen the report since the release of his letter or been briefed about its broader contents. Barr's response: "I've said what I'm going to say about the report today." Watch the exchange via this video from PBS NewsHour; it starts at about the 2:40 mark. (The full report came in at more than 300 pages.)

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