Speaking to reporters afterward, Representative Lowey said it’s “very hard” to believe Barr did not show the Mueller report to the White House––and make any changes or additions based on their recommendations.
House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rep. Nita Lowey says it's "very hard" to believe AG William Barr did not make any changes or additions to Mueller report summary based on suggestions that might have come from the White House https://t.co/H9n7JKbYS7 pic.twitter.com/9mG8wZj1qS
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 9, 2019
Addressing the matter of redactions, Representative Ed Case (HI) held up the August 2017 memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that expanded Mueller’s mandate. The memo is almost entirely redacted, save for a paragraph mentioning potential collusion by Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman.
“This is what drives the public crazy, when they see something like this,” Case said. “This is what we have to try to avoid.”
“I appreciate the importance of releasing as much of the information in the report as I can consistent with the law,” Barr replied.
Barr did respond to questions about his limited summary of the Mueller report when asked about the reported frustrations from members of the special counsel’s team.
“I suspect that they probably wanted more put out. But, in my view I was not interested in putting out summaries or trying to summarize because I think any summary, regardless of who prepares it, not only runs the risk of being under inclusive or over inclusive but also would trigger a lot of discussion and analysis that really should wait everything coming out at once.”
President Trump has continued to assail Democrats as they wait for the report’s release, saying that they’ll “never be satisfied, no matter what they get, how much they get, or how many pages they get.”
The Democrats will never be satisfied, no matter what they get, how much they get, or how many pages they get. It will never end, but that’s the way life goes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2019
The president’s actions are a stark about-face from comments he made the day after the special counsel’s conclusions were released. Asked about Mueller’s report then, Trump said Mueller had acted honorably.