US Attorney General says Mueller report will be released within a week

US Attorney General says Mueller report will be released within a week

US Attorney General says Mueller report will be released within a week

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal", Barr said.

Attorney General Bill Barr repeated his refusal however to give Congress the full, unaltered report - including crucial secret testimony - despite the threat of a subpoena.

Barr was also questioned about the initial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants approved to surveil members of the Trump campaign.

Nita Lowey, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, said Barr's letter summarizing the Mueller report appears to "cherry-pick from the report to draw the most favourable conclusion possible for the president".

It was not immediately clear what "spying" Barr was referring to, but President Donald Trump's supporters have repeatedly made accusations of political bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and seized on anti-Trump text messages sent and received by one of the lead agents involved in investigating whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russian Federation.

Barr notably said that Mueller declined an opportunity to review the four-page letter he sent to Congress revealing the investigation's "bottom line" conclusions, although he conceded that Mueller's team might have preferred for the Attorney-General to have released more information initially.

Republican Lindsey Graham, who's a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has already pledged to pursue the issue in the Judiciary Committee he leads.

"Even for someone who has done this job before, I would argue it's more suspicious than impressive", Lowey said.

Attorney General William Barr is facing Congress on Wednesday. A source familiar with the matter told Bloomberg Barr will be examining the conduct of both the FBI and the Department of Justice for the possibility their "collusion" investigations were motivated by "anti-Trump bias".

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Aderholt was referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant the Federal Bureau of Investigation used to surveil former Trump campaign associate Carter Page over the course of a year.

He asked whether the Justice Department would look into whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation should have sought a court order to conduct surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump had obstructed justice by trying to interfere with the probe, but Barr wrote in his letter that the president had not committed a crime.

Rep. Jerry Nadler of NY, the Democratic chairman of the House committee, tweeted Monday that he planned to eventually call Mueller to testify.

The Mueller report is not the goal of the meeting, and in a prepared statement released ahead of the session Barr does not mention it.

He said that Congress will not receive the unredacted report but also that he had promised the Judiciary committees that he would make himself available for interviews and "see if there's a way we can accommodate" requests for more information.

"I look forward to reviewing the Mueller report myself", she added later in her remarks.

Barr told Congress that there were "no plans" to assert executive privilege and that the president told the attorney general to make the decisions regarding whether something should be redacted from the released Mueller report. Trump has also publicly stated that he wants the report made public. On Monday morning he tweeted, "The Russian Hoax never happened, it was a fraud on the American people!" He said Democrats are "free to go to court" themselves and ask for the grand jury information. Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own.

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