Barr to testify before Senate as release of Mueller report looms

Barr to testify before Senate as release of Mueller report looms

Barr defends the infamous four-page letter: Barr has been heavily criticized by Democrats for the four-page letter he sent to Congress upon reviewing Mueller's report; specifically, the portion where he determined that President Donald Trump should not be charged with obstruction of justice based on the available evidence.

Across the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he had no concerns with Barr's handling of the report: "I think it really comes down to a question of whether you trust Bill Barr or not".

Following Mr Barr's announcement, Representative Jim Jordan of OH said: "it's great news he's looking into how this whole thing started back in 2016".

"A headline today is that William Barr's personally reviewing the conduct of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in launching the Trump Russia collusion hoax".

Barr's investigation into the origins of the Russian Federation probe is separate from the long-running Office of Inspector General investigation into the Justice Department's handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

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Barr said in a Congressional hearing Tuesday that he is "reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016".

Barr's investigation is in addition to the one being conducted by the DOJ's inspector general.

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Barr also said he expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's almost 400-page report next week - a slight change from the estimate he gave Tuesday, when he said the release would be within a week.

Republicans have called for a careful review as to whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in violation of Page's constitutional rights and Federal Bureau of Investigation procedures, misled the FISA court or withheld exculpatory information, and Barr testified that a DOJ review of the FBI's FISA practices was in progress.

Barr, who was nominated to his post by Trump four months ago, was asked about spying by Republican Sen.

There have been concerns within the Justice Department that it is too easy to open an investigation.

Barr was also questioned about the initial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants approved to surveil members of the Trump campaign, including former Trump aide Carter Page.

That warrant included a reference to research that was conducted by an ex-British spy who was funded by Democrats to look into Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

Though he said the document will be redacted to withhold negative information about peripheral figures in the investigation, he said that would not apply to Trump, an officeholder and someone central to the probe.

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