The US attorney-general said that the redacted Mueller report on Russian election interference would be released within a week, but angered Democrats by saying that Congress would also get only the censored version.
In the Republican-controlled Senate, the threat of a subpoena is significantly lower for Barr, but he'll still have to face off with Democratic senators who are likely to push him on the report redactions as well as his four-page summary of Mueller's conclusions.
CHANG: OK. But is that going to be enough for House Democrats? - because all along, they've been pushing for the Mueller report to be released without any redactions. He said he had offered Mueller the chance to review his four-page letter, but that Mueller declined.More news: Scientists reveal first photo of black hole
Barr also said that he could be open to releasing some redacted details after consulting with congressional leaders, though he said he did not have plans to ask a court for permission to disclose secret grand jury testimony.
Barr wouldn't discuss the substance of the special counsel's investigation into possible connections between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, but he did explain some of what to expect when the report is released: He said the redactions will be color-coded and accompanied by notes explaining any decisions to withhold information.
Instead, Barr faced relentless questions regarding his handling of the Mueller report at every turn, not to mention the Justice Department's handling of the Trump administration's attempts to destroy the Affordable Care Act. This will (hopefully) minimize contention among members of Congress over the redactions; at the very least, it will provide Congress with a more specific road map toward which pieces of redacted information they may want to challenge.More news: Senate Republican Leader Calls Net Neutrality Bill 'Dead On Arrival'
"I think there was probably a failure among a group of leaders there at the upper echelon", Barr said of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he also signaled a willingness to look into "intelligence agencies more broadly".
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY tweeted that Barr's comments "directly contradict" what the Justice Department previously has said, and intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California said Barr's testimony surely pleases Trump but "also strikes another destructive blow to our democratic institutions".
Whatever portions of Robert Mueller's post-redacted report finally get released to the public in the coming week, they will not amount to the "complete and total exoneration" Donald Trump repeatedly promised they would. Bloomberg also reports that the AG is forming a team to investigate the Mueller investigation. Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama compared demands to see the Mueller report in full to a "grassy knoll conspiracy theory". Mr Barr said he and deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein decided that the evidence was insufficient to establish obstruction. He said in a March 29 letter that he did not intend for his brief summary of Mueller's main conclusions to be an "exhaustive recounting" of his work. Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham is also a member of the appropriations subcommittee and will question Barr Wednesday ahead of the May 1 hearing in his committee. At one point in the House hearing, he tried to cut off any more questions on the subject. That particularly applies to the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler.More news: Paleontologists Discover Creepy 430 Million-Year-Old 'Cthulhu' Fossil
"It's hard to have that discussion without the contents of the report, isn't it, and that's why I'm suggesting that we wait until the report is out, and I'm glad to talk to people after then, and I'm already scheduled to testify about that", he said.