Justice Department defends process for handling Mueller Report

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Every page of Mueller's confidential report was marked with a notice saying it may contain grand jury material that by law has to be kept secret, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement.

Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, who have been defending Trump throughout the Mueller investigation, decried the Democrat majority's actions as perpetuating fabricated claims created to undermine Trump and his presidency. "If somebody tells a prosecutor something really bad about you or me, but the prosecutors have not investigated it, they have no idea whether the charge is true or not, it seems perfectly valid not to make that public, if that accusation has not been vetted in any way". The Post says the members of Mueller's team believe the evidence they gathered on obstruction was "alarming and significant".

Barr last week told Congress he was prepared to hand over the Mueller report by mid-April, but one stripped of the extensive grand jury interviews and subpoenaed material; materials collected by intelligence sources; and evidence related to other investigations and third parties.

Mr. Barr only briefly cited the special counsel's work in his letter.

Nevertheless, in her statement Thursday, Kupec reiterated that Barr "does not believe the report should be released in 'serial or piecemeal fashion, '" referencing language Barr used in his letter to Congress two weeks ago. He is now expected to release the entire report, with some redactions, by mid-April. "It was done in a way that minimum redactions, if any, would have been necessary, and the work would have spoken for itself".

Conveniently, hours after The New York Times wrote a thinly sourced article claiming members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team told "associates" that Attorney General William Barr didn't accurately summarize Mueller's findings, The Washington Post had a similar article, also using anonymous sources.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment. "And they are rabid Democrats who hate the president of United States". The letter notes Mueller found evidence on both sides of the obstruction issue, a strong signal that there is information that was not positive for the President. "It will bear that out". He has repeatedly called for an inquiry into how the investigation began in the first place. None of this seem to matter to his base, where he retains strong support; in fact, some of his most ardent supporters want him to turn around the inquiry and begin a probe into how and why there was an investigation into the Russian Federation collusion issue. But when Mueller's team leaked the existence of the summaries to the Times, the paper contacted Barr's team, who apparently pushed back. The fact that some have been confiding in recent days to associates is a sign of the level of their distress. "This is the highest level of Presidential Harassment in the history of our Country!"

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On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to give its chairman, Rep. Mr. Barr says he can not legally hand over the entire report because it contains information related to a grand jury, or to ongoing prosecutions, or that is classified or may unduly infringe on personal privacy. "Whatever it is, there's a rub here, there's a frustration here in how the end of this investigation was conducted, and that is clear".

There was also no clarity about just how many of Mueller's investigators felt frustrated by Barr's summary. "That job requires us to evaluate the evidence for ourselves - not the attorney general's summary, not a substantially redacted synopsis, but the full report and the underlying evidence".

"Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own", he wrote.

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a subpoena to obtain the full confidential report from special counsel Robert Mueller, sending a warning to Attorney General William Barr not to redact Mueller's report and setting the stage for a clash between Congress and the Trump administration.

"It may have some additional information which is damaging to Trump that will fuel the investigatory zeal of the Democrats - that's possible", Lazare noted.

Barr said the special counsel's report is divided into two parts.

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