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Attorney General William Barr testified on Capitol Hill today and dodged questions about the Mueller Report. He also said that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, instead presenting evidence on both sides of the question. Mr Barr said he and deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein decided that the evidence was insufficient to establish obstruction. Barr's nine-page written statement that was released Monday ahead of the hearing made zero mention of Mueller or the special counsel's report.

Mueller concluded his investigation in late March and submitted a almost 400-page confidential report.

Barr maintained that he is working "diligently to make as much information as possible available to Congress".

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) is asking that House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) request that special counsel Robert Mueller testify before Congress "without delay".

Mostly the special counsel's office has let its work do the talking, including in criminal charges against more than 30 individuals and, most recently, in a more than 400-page report that was briefly summarized by Barr in a four-page letter for members of Congress last month.

He also said that Mueller was unable to make a case that President Donald Trump obstructed justice, but that the special counsel did not exonerate Trump.

Avlon said that Barr could just say that he would not answer questions about the Mueller report until later this month when it's finally released - and the entire hearing could boil down to "irresistible force, meet immovable object".

'It's very troublesome to see a Justice Department against the law of the land when there are many people - many people - who, if not liking the whole law, certainly like the pre-existing conditions provision, the ability to keep their child on their plan until that person's 26, ' Serrano said during the hearing Tuesday. The full details of Mueller's report will reveal if Trump used his power to undermine the efforts of his coequal branches to uphold the rule of law-and Congress has every right to find out.

"So we had an inkling as to what was coming our direction, and so even more thinking within the Department was done about that over that time, that was a matter of weeks".

Barr told lawmakers that the Justice Department's inspector-general would be completing an investigation of how surveillance applications were used in the Russian Federation investigation by "May or June".

"There are going to be fireworks whether Barr wants it or not", he said.

Mueller concluded his investigation in late March and submitted a almost 400-page confidential report. He says he expects to release a redacted version of the report "within a week". "And finally, we intend to redact information that implicated the privacy or reputational interest of peripheral players where there is a decision not to charge them".

The attorney general said a redacted Mueller report would be released within a week, and the special counsel team did not play a role in drafting his letter to Congress.

Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) asked Barr where he got the authority to redact the categories of information outside of 6 (e) material, arguing that the fourth category was an exception large enough to "drive a truck through".

The Justice Department, Enlow said, has already agreed to put EPIC's request on an expedited track but other requests are ahead of it.

Trump has said he will not use a legal doctrine called executive privilege, which allows a president to withhold information about internal executive branch deliberations from other branches of government, to block portions of the report.

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