AG questioned over massively reduced Mueller report
Publish date: 11 April 2019
Issue Number: 655
Diary: Legalbrief Forensic
US Attorney-General William Barr has told legislators they could expect a redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report 'within a week'. Barr was speaking about the report; the findings of an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible links collusion with Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, during a tense hearing on Capitol Hill that yielded more questions than answers, notes The Independent. Democrats expressed frustration and concern with Barr's handling of the report. Nita Lowey, chair of the House Appropriations Committee grilled him over how he managed to reduce the massive document into four pages just days after he had received it. Barr acknowledged his quick work, claiming: 'The thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the Department of Justice prior to the submission of the report.' He added that Mueller's team was redacting the report before providing it to Congress. The Attorney-General said he plans to produce a report during 'this first go' with four types of redactions relating to grand jury information, classified information that could reveal agency sources or methods, information pertaining to ongoing prosecutions, and information that may implicate 'privacy or reputational interests' of peripheral players.