Attorney General William Barr is testifying right now in front of the House Appropriation Committee. . .
Attorney General Bill Barr is taking a break from reviewing and redacting the Mueller report to testify before the House Appropriations Committee right now: https://t.co/FL7ttza2ZW
— Max Kutner (@maxkutner) April 9, 2019
. . . and he quickly made news on the release of the Mueller report. Apparently, Barr offered to let the Special Counsel’s office review his letter before he released it publicly and they declined the offer:
Barr making some news. Says Mueller declined opportunity to review Barr’s four page letter before release. Also says he will be in position to release redacted report within a week’s time.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) April 9, 2019
Dem narrative status? Busted:
‘Misleading summary’ a silly criticism from start. Again, Barr did not summarize report; he explained conclusions (incl obstruction one he had to make/c Mueller didn’t). Now explains Mueller declined invitation to review letter (probably felt no need b/c conclusions are clear).
— Andy McCarthy (@AndrewCMcCarthy) April 9, 2019
Barr also explained that he was able to write his letter so quickly because he’s actually been working with Mueller for weeks and “had an inkling what was coming”:
LOWEY Q to Barr (paraphrased): How did you produce that summary so quickly?
BARR: On March 5, we met w/ Mueller and team, had an inkling what was coming.
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) April 9, 2019
Asked how he could have read/digested/summarized 400 pages in 48 hours, Barr says "the thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the people of DOJ prior to his submission of the report. He and his people had been interacting with the DAG in his supervision of the SCO."
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) April 9, 2019
The report, with appropriate redactions, should be released “within a week”:
Barr says he will be in a position to release the redacted Mueller report to the public “within a week” and that he will then engage with Judiciary chairmen about further requests.
— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) April 9, 2019
And each redaction will be explained:
Barr says he'll color code the excisions from the Mueller report and explain the basis for each redaction.
— sallykidd (@sallykidd) April 9, 2019
AG Barr says the redactions will be color coded, so that it will be known why certain items would be blacked out (grand jury material, intelligence, etc)
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) April 9, 2019
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 9, 2019