AG under pressure to release evidence clearing Trump

AG under pressure to release evidence clearing Trump

AG under pressure to release evidence clearing Trump

The escalating political battle over Special Counsel Robert Mueller III's report centers on redactions: a lawyerly editing process that has angered distrustful Democrats eager to see the all evidence and conclusions from his 22-month investigation of President Trump's conduct and Russia's elaborate interference operation during the 2016 election. On Wednesday, Barr will discuss his agency's Fiscal Year 2020 budget request before the Senate Appropriations Committee. Mueller wrote, however, that he could not exonerate the president on that question.

Barr has faced scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers for his four-page summary of Mueller's report, which took 22 months to complete, and is reportedly almost 400 pages long. They are insisting on making the complete Mueller report public, especially now that some of the Special Counsel's investigators have said the report is actually very damaging to Trump.

Reports by The New York Times and other media outlets have alleged that members of Mueller's team were unhappy with how Barr characterized their findings, however.

Although the committee expects to hear from Attorney General William Barr, Collins wrote, it must go to the source to learn all it needs to know about the special counsel inquiry.

According to Barr's March 24 letter, Mueller has presented evidence on both sides of the question without concluding whether to prosecute.

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According to Barr's summary, Mueller found no evidence Trump or his campaign colluded with Russian Federation, but could not reach a conclusion on obstruction of justice.

"The trouble you get into is if you don't release it [the report], you're relying on Barr's interpretation", said Pete Parcells, an economics professor at Whitman.

The meeting included a discussion about a proposal to resolve the conflict in Ukraine in terms favourable to the Kremlin, an issue that has damaged Russia's relations with the West. Prosecutors also said Manafort shared Trump campaign polling data with Kilimnik, although the significance of that act remains unclear. Barr also has said he planned to redact material related to intelligence-gathering sources and methods. He criticized Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, for comments the New York Democrat made on "Face the Nation" minutes earlier denouncing Barr as a "bias defender" of the president.

FILE - White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington.

"I will give (Barr) time to change his mind" about releasing a redacted version of the Mueller report, Nadler said at the committee meeting on Thursday. She's sure Congressional Democrats hope to bring further investigations based on Mueller's evidence of obstruction, and doesn't doubt that Democrats want the report's details that make President Trump look shady and immoral.

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