Democrats press Barr over Trump's war on Obamacare

15 2019 William Barr then US Attorney General nominee testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.- Two weeks after he cleared President Donald Trump

15 2019 William Barr then US Attorney General nominee testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.- Two weeks after he cleared President Donald Trump

Barr told a House subcommittee Tuesday that the redactions process was going "very well", and he would use color-coded categories and explain the rationale for the redactions that are made from Mueller's almost 400-page report.

The escalating political battle over Special Counsel Robert Mueller III's report centers on redactions: a lawyerly editing process that has angered distrustful Democrats eager to see the all evidence and conclusions from his 22-month investigation of President Trump's conduct and Russia's elaborate interference operation during the 2016 election.

Barr left open the possibility that some members of Congress would be allowed to review secret information from the report in a safe setting.

"The chairman of the Judiciary Committee is free to go to court if he feels one of those exceptions is applicable", Barr said. The first is grand jury information... And given Barr's statements on Tuesday, it seems that beginning impeachment proceedings may be best, or at least the most efficient, way to get it. Most estimates pin the number of people who'd be without healthcare if the ACA was jettisoned at over 20 million.

Barr countered that Rosenstein had always been apprised of the course of Mueller's inquiry, and that he and Rosenstein had met Mueller and his team on March 5 to discuss the wind-down of the investigation. He also said that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, instead presenting evidence on both sides of the question.

Barr was testifying before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies on the Department of Justice's budget request for the 2020 fiscal year, but questions quickly turned toward the Mueller report and a letter Barr sent to Congress on the topline findings of the investigation. Most of the questioning concerned demands for Barr to give lawmakers Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report and the evidence behind it.

Rep. Nita Lowey, the Democratic chairwoman of the full Appropriations Committee, said she was taken aback that Barr had reduced Mueller's report to a four-page letter in just two days.

Mueller turned his confidential report over to Barr on March 22 following a 22-month-long probe into whether Donald Trump may have colluded with Russian Federation during his 2016 presidential campaign and whether Trump later obstructed inquiries into the matter.

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Some members of Mueller's investigative team have been quoted recently in US media reports as saying that Barr unfairly summarized the report.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, suggested the full report may raise new questions for Trump but would not contain anything that would threaten the presidency. While Burr said he didn't know exactly what's in the report, he added, "but there are going to be things that maybe cause some people to say, 'Oh, gosh, I didn't know that existed'".

Democrats have called for the Mueller report to be released in full but Mr. Barr said on Tuesday: "I don't intend at this stage to send the full unredacted report to the committee".

"I can envision a situation where, under appropriate safeguards, that information would be shared", Barr said, referring to the redactions generally.

"What happens, and what the next step is, we'll see", Lowey said.

Representative Robert Aderholt of Alabama, the subcommittee's top Republican, said it was unfortunate that "so numerous questions here this morning are going toward a "grassy knoll" conspiracy theory regarding the Mueller report".

"You're darn right I'm going after them again", Giuliani told the Associated Press of Mueller's team.

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