Trump sidelined as Barr mulls what in Mueller report to release

Same Dems Who Thought Mueller Was a 'Saint' Now Think Barr Is a 'Sinner'

"This committee requires the full report and the underlying materials because it is our job, not the attorney general's, to determine whether or not President Trump has abused his office", Nadler said during an opening statement on the matter.

Republican Representative Jim Sensenbrenner said he would be willing to join legal action to obtain the grand jury material and predicted other Republicans would as well, noting that the House voted overwhelmingly last month for the full report's release to Congress.

Mueller was never given a directive to create a report that could be made public, and there's no such requirement under the guidelines creating his position as a special counsel, according to the United States official.

Barr told congressional leaders last week that he plans to release what he can of the report and that he expects his department "will be in a position to release the report by mid-April, if not sooner". However, Barr's letter also said Mueller's report does not exonerate Trump. "Congress is not one of those exceptions, and the chairman knows it".

After reviewing the report, Barr sent a four-page letter to Congress on March 24, saying Mueller "did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russian Federation in its efforts to influence the 2016 USA presidential election".

But on the second question Mueller investigated - whether the President or his campaign tried to "obstruct justice" and interfere with the investigation - the Attorney General said Mueller "did not draw a conclusion - one way or the other".

The subpoenas of Trump associates, he continued, "are completely misguided".

The great question that hangs over the country now, and especially over the Democratic Party, the 2016 Clinton campaign, and the Obama administration, is this: who planted the seeds of the Trump-Russia hoax, and did they break the law in doing so?

Still, Mr Trump has criticised Democrats for seeking the unredacted information.

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to authorise a subpoena to demand that Barr provide that.

However, House Democrats in recent days have sought to shift the focus away from investigations, especially talk of impeachment.

In four-page summary of Mr Mueller's report on March 24, Mr Barr wrote that the special counsel did not find that Mr Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election. In short, we need our justice system to take alleged Democratic dirty tricks as seriously as those of Republicans. It has now been nearly two weeks since the report was submitted, but we are not discussing the report itself. Maybe Mueller was silent on this issue in his report.

The Justice Department declined to comment. At the same time, if (a) only partisan Democrats cared very much about Russian Federation and (b) those Democrats have plenty of other reasons to dislike Trump anyway and (c) they aren't likely to be persuaded by the Barr letter besides that, you can see why the end of the investigation hasn't moved the needle much in terms of Trump's overall approval. Nonetheless, if he truly believes that, he can simply direct Barr to release the report immediately. Then, Barr made an astonishing assertion: "The Special Counsel's decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime".

Justice Department regulations give the attorney general wide latitude on how much to release from special counsel inquiries.

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