Barr to face Congress as he prepares Mueller report

National News

April 9, 2019 - 10:10 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is facing members of Congress today for the first time since taking office — and amid intense speculation over his review of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report.

Barr isn’t coming to Congress to talk about the report, but lawmakers are expected to ask about it anyway as they anxiously wait to see it in the coming days. The topic of the House appropriations subcommittee hearing is the Justice Department’s budget, and Barr’s prepared remarks sent to the committee on Monday focused on funding requests for immigration enforcement and to combat violent crime and opioid addiction, not mentioning Mueller’s report at all.

Mueller sent his final report to Barr on March 22, ending his almost two-year investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Barr released a four-page letter summarizing the report two days later and said he would release a redacted version of the full report by mid-April, “if not sooner.”

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