Publicado: Sol, Abril 14, 2019
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Republicans, Democrats want Mueller to testify on report

Republicans, Democrats want Mueller to testify on report

Attorney General William Barr met before the House Committee on Appropriations Tuesday to discuss President Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget. Democrats have expressed concern that his version will hide wrongdoing by the president and are frustrated by the four-page summary letter he released last month that they say paints Mueller's findings in an overly favorable way for the president.

Barr testified Tuesday before a congressional subcommittee, and faced Democratic lawmakers who blasted him for what they called his "unacceptable" handling of the initial summary of Mueller's report. But as of today, Barr wouldn't answer whether the White House has or would see the report prior to its release.

Democrats say they can't know what to make of Mueller's findings until they see them for themselves, but Barr's office has been working with Mueller's team to redact material before anyone outside a handful of Justice Department officials sees the report.

Watch above via NBC News.

Attorney General William Barr is facing Congress on Wednesday. Questions are sure to remain, however, about the extent to which Barr has blacked out material from the report.

The move indicates Barr is following Republicans' lead on the matter. A number of White House aides have privately said they are eager for Russian Federation stories, good or bad, to fade from the headlines.

In particular, Barr has expressed an interest in the initial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants that allowed surveillance of Trump's campaign to take place.

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Barr said he will redact four categories of information, and "with all that stuff missing, it's going to read like an investigative Mad Libs", Stephen Colbert said at The Late Show.

Justice Department attorney Courtney Enlow said the two sides should engage after the anticipated release of the Mueller report in mid-April, arguing that they would "better understand the world we're living in".

But he also said that he's willing to talk to lawmakers down the road to see if he can provide them with more information from the investigation.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has said he would be satisfied hearing only from Barr and not Mueller.

The chairman of the subcommittee, Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano of NY, also said there were unanswered questions, including "serious concerns about the process by which you formulated your letter; and uncertainty about when we can expect to see the full report". Unlike them, it actually stands a chance to offer a bit of national healing. Trump has also publicly stated that he wants the report made public.

In response, Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, sent Nadler a letter on Monday, arguing that the committee should invite Mueller to testify about his work during the last week of April, after the redacted report comes out.

The New York Times and the Washington Post reported last week that some investigators on Mueller's team were unhappy with the way Barr described their findings.

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