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Apr 12, 2019

This Week: Barr Goes Full Trump On FBI ‘Spying,’ Testifies About Mueller Report

Bill Barr was in the hot seat this week. In back-to-back Capitol Hill hearings, lawmakers grilled the Attorney General on his handling of the (very) long-awaited Mueller report. First came the House Appropriations Committee hearing, where Barr testified that he had no intention of submitting the full, unredacted report to Congress or of asking a court to authorize the release of grand jury materials. Barr also said Mueller specifically declined to review the March 24 letter he put out absolving Trump on the obstruction and collusion fronts. Then Barr went before the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he shared that Mueller never said that Barr should feel empowered to make the ultimate decision on obstruction. Barr promised that redactions to protect unindicted individuals would apply only to “people in private life, not public office holders.” Perhaps the biggest news was Barr claiming that the FBI was “spying” on the Trump campaign. When baffled Democratic lawmakers asked him to clarify, Barr said…

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