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Dems Slam Barr Over Planned Rollout of Redacted Mueller Report
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50605"><span class="small">Grace Segers and Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News</span></a>   
Thursday, 18 April 2019 08:25

Excerpt: "Democratic members of Congress raised concerns about the timing of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, blasting the Justice Department for preparing to release the report only after a press conference by Attorney General William Barr."

U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, head of Senate Judiciary Committee. (photo: Getty)
U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, head of Senate Judiciary Committee. (photo: Getty)


Dems Slam Barr Over Planned Rollout of Redacted Mueller Report

By Grace Segers and Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News

18 April 19

 

emocratic members of Congress raised concerns about the timing of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, blasting the Justice Department for preparing to release the report only after a press conference by Attorney General William Barr.

Barr will speak to the press about the report Thursday morning before it's delivered to Capitol Hill, where it's expected between 11 a.m. and noon, according to a senior Justice Department official.

"The central concern here is that Attorney General Barr is not allowing the facts of the Mueller report to speak for themselves but is trying to bake in the narrative about the report to the benefit of the White House," said New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

Standing alongside Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, Ted Deutch, Val Demings and Madeleine Dean at a press conference Wednesday evening, Nadler accused Barr of staging a "media campaign" on behalf of the president.

The Justice Department said Barr will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. at department headquarters, with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in attendance. A spokesman for the special counsel's office confirmed that neither Mueller nor anyone from his team will be at the press conference.

Following the press conference, the report will be delivered to lawmakers on CDs and released online shortly afterward, a senior Justice Department official said.

"You'll see a lot of very strong things come out tomorrow. Attorney General Barr is going to be giving a press conference," President Trump said earlier in an interview with the "Larry O'Connor Show" on WMAL. Mr. Trump also said he might hold a press conference after Barr and called Barr a "fantastic attorney general" who has "grabbed it by the horn."

Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said the decision to hold a press conference was made by the Justice Department, and not by the president.

In a court filing Wednesday, federal prosecutors said some information in the Mueller report about Roger Stone's case — which is under a gag order — will be redacted. The former Trump campaign adviser and confidant is slated to start trial in November.

Prosecutors added that the Justice Department is planning to share a copy of the report "without certain redactions" to a "limited number" of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. They said this copy will be accessible to a small group of Members of Congress at an "appropriate setting," without specifying a time or date.

The White House is ready to take the offensive as soon as the report comes out. The president's personal attorneys have prepared a rebuttal to emphasize there were no charges of collusion or obstruction against the president or anyone else.

At most, the document could shed light on Russia's 2016 election interference and Mr. Trump's efforts to blunt the investigation. But a heavily redacted version could fuel a bitter partisan feud over the public's right to see the results of Mueller's work.

Barr has promised transparency, but said he will redact grand jury material, classified material, information that could impact ongoing investigations and evidence against people not criminally charged. But Democrats will demand the full report be given to them.

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-4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-18 09:12
Nadler and others are making asses out of themselves. They have appeared on TV and held press conferences hundreds of times. I read not long ago that Adam Schiff has been interviewed on TV more than 200 times. So Barr has a right to his own introduction to his position.

I'm no fan of Mueller or Barr. To me, they are Deep State assassins. But we live in a democracy so such people have a right to speak. Mueller has done his evil work and written it up in a report. Now let's read what he said before making any more criticisms. Once we have read it, we can talk about its merits or shortcomings.

The Mueller Probe has accomplished its real goal beyond its wildest dreams. The Mueller Prod has driven Trump into the arms of the heinous neo-cons and the policies of the war party in the US. Trump is just as bas of a war monger as Bush/Cheney or Obama. He has achieved NOTHING of better relations with Russia. In fact, Trump and Putin are threatening each other with military force over Trump's overthrow and re-colonization of Venezuela. I chalk that up to the Mueller Prod. Without Mueller's Prodding, Trump may have followed his campaign promises and improved relations with Russia. Now all of that is in ruins.

Good job, Bob Mueller. You've wrecked out lives.

I listened to Barr's press conference and he said what I've thought for a few days -- Trump has been let out of firing range, but Russia has been brought into the sights of all of the US intel agencies.
 
 
+1 # dbrize 2019-04-18 12:57
For a change of pace from the daily tedium herein, here is an intelligent discussion of current events. Well worth the entire half hour but for those busy, tune in at 3:00-7:09 mark for the real story.

https://mobile.twitter.com/DanielLMcAdams/status/1118920980347408384
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-19 07:01
db -- thanks. This is good. I had no idea that Ron Paul was into Anya Parampil, Abby Martin, RT, and Max Blumenthal. All of these people have been right on the Russia Hoax from the start.

I've long thought that the Ron Paul faction of republicans would go over to Sanders, if he got his foreign policy right. They would not like his healthcare plans but they'd take that for a good, non-interventio nist foreign policy.

Anya gets it just right -- the real goal of the Mueller Probe was all along to turn Americans against Russia and Putin specifically. It was a Deep State blackmail program against Trump.
 
 
+2 # johnescher 2019-04-18 09:55
Now a version of the report is out. On the basis of that fiddled with report alone, Barr should be disbarred. He totally misrepresented it. He's not even a lawyer, much less an attorney general, just a PR hack like the *president himself. May they both lose their jobs as soon as possible.