Attorney General William Barr said he plans to release a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report within a week
It’s the first time attorney general William Barr has faced a congressional panel since he received the Mueller report, and lawmakers let him know they’re looking for more information on the special counsel’s findings.
House lawmakers are taking advantage of a budget hearing to get answers on the Mueller report.
The hearing comes two weeks after Barr’s letter to Congress describing key findings of the investigation.
Barr said the special counsel was not involved in drafting the message.
“The deputy and I met with special council Mueller and his team and had a preliminary discussion about the report, so, we had an inkling as to what was coming our direction,” Barr said.
In his letter, Barr said Mueller’s office found no evidence of collusion with Russia by any American during the 2016 election.
According to Barr, the report did not include whether the president obstructed justice.
Democrats have been pushing to see an unredacted version of the nearly 400-page report, but Barr said he’ll release a color-coded, redacted version within a week.
Lawmakers will get another chance to question Barr before they see the Mueller report and he’s set to appear before a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday.
Barr is also “reviewing the conduct” of the FBI’s Russia probe during the summer of 2016, and the Department of Justice inspector general will release a report on the FBI’s use of the foreign intelligence surveillance act process and other matters in the Russia case in May or June.