AG Barr Makes Major Announcement Regarding Mueller Investigation
Reports say that Attorney General William Barr will be announcing the end of the Mueller investigation as soon as next week.
“Barr has said that he wants to be as “transparent” as possible with Congress and the public, “consistent with the rules and the law.”
Under the special counsel regulations, Mueller must submit a “confidential” report to the attorney general at the conclusion of his work, but the rules don’t require it to be shared with Congress, or by extension, the public. And, as Barr has made clear, the Justice Department generally guards against publicizing “derogatory” information about uncharged individuals.
As a result, one of the most pressing questions Barr will face in the coming weeks is the extent to which Mueller’s findings should be disclosed to Congress.
The regulations require Mueller to explain in his report all decisions to prosecute or not prosecute matters under scrutiny. Barr would also need to inform Congress if the Justice Department prevented the special counsel team from pursuing any investigative steps.
Trump weighed in on Mueller’s probe.
“That’ll be totally up to the new attorney general,” the president told reporters during a meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. “He’s a tremendous man, a tremendous person who really respects this country and respects the Justice Department.”
The Democrats are of course are itching to see the report that they are hoping to use against Trump.
“Barr has signaled he may provide only a summary to Congress and the public.
Withholding evidence from Congress about possible wrongdoing by President Donald Trump could amount to a cover-up if the president isn’t charged with criminal acts, the leaders of six House committees told Barr in a letter. A sitting president can’t be indicted under Justice Department policy, which also frowns on releasing evidence of wrongdoing by people who haven’t been charged.
“To maintain that a sitting president cannot be indicted, and then to withhold evidence of wrongdoing from Congress because the president will not be charged, is to convert department policy into the means for a cover-up,” the House members wrote.
The six House committee leaders signing the letter are Jerrold Nadler of the Judiciary panel, Elijah Cummings of Oversight and Reform, Adam Schiff of Intelligence, Maxine Waters of Financial Services, Richard Neal of Ways and Means, and Eliot Engel of Foreign Affairs.”
I hope he keeps it at a summary. These Dems have been gunning for Trump since the beginning I can’t wait for them to lose their favorite reason for impeachment.
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