Attorney General William Barr confirmed today in a Congressional hearing that he will deliver the Mueller report to Congress and the public within a week, reiterating his earlier promise to release the report by mid-April. But he declined to say whether he’d shown the White House the report.
A.G. Bill Barr refuses to answer Nita Lowey's questions about whether the White House has seen the Mueller report or been briefed on the report beyond his four page memo.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 9, 2019
Representative Nita M. Lowey (D-NY), who chairs the full Appropriations Committee, pressed Barr to answer, but he refused.
“I’ve said what I’m going to say about the report today,” he said. “I’ve issued three letters about it…” he said. “But I’ve already laid out the process that is going forward to release these reports hopefully within a week. I’m not going to say anything more about it until the report is out and everyone has a chance to look at it.”
— CNN (@CNN) April 9, 2019
People think they know why.
Does Barr refusal to answer whether he briefed White House on the Mueller report mean that… he did? No is a pretty easy way to put that to rest.
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) April 9, 2019
Barr won't comment if White House has seen the full report, which means it has and explains why Trump is attackin' Mueller's team again.
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) April 9, 2019
Today we learned:
Barr still won’t commit to giving Congress the full unredacted Mueller report,
Barr won’t request court approval to give us grand jury material, and
Barr won’t even say if the White House has seen, or been briefed on, the report.
Trump got his Roy Cohn. https://t.co/8eljMjgEeN
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 9, 2019
If Barr gave the Mueller report to the White House — which is likely — that means Kushner, Nunes, possibly Stone, Putin — all the bad guys — know what's in it. But we don't. @AriMelber @jaketapper @NicolleDWallace @TheBeatWithAri @maddow
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) April 9, 2019
The KKK White House has seen the full un-redacted Mueller report already, I think Barr’s refusal to admit that this morning has made that very clear.
The simple fact that they still want to hide the report tells you everything you need to know.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) April 9, 2019
Other Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee eagerly pressed Barr about the report.
“The American people have been left with many unanswered questions; serious concerns about the process by which you formulated your letter; and uncertainty about when we can expect to see the full report,” said Representative Jose Serrano (NY).
“I think it would strike a serious blow to our system and yes to our democracy if that report is not fully seen,” he added.
"The American people want to see the [Mueller] report. I think it would strike a serious blow to our system and to our democracy if that report is not fully seen." —Rep. José Serrano, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee, to AG Barr
Via CBS pic.twitter.com/ivwPrihydA
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 9, 2019
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.