Trump's attorney general pick says Mueller report may not be made public

Trump's attorney general pick says Mueller report may not be made public

Barr is expected to win confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate to serve as the nation's top law enforcement officer, which would put him in charge of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and any possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

But Barr was quick to note before the Judiciary Committee that this memo was narrowly tailored to a specific statute, and that he has no qualms about the investigation's focus on Russian Federation matters.

He said that he saw no reason to go against legal opinions from the Justice Department that a sitting president could not be indicted.

"William Barr, who has wrongfully suggested that LGBTQ people - not Trump and his destructive policies - have harmed the United States, is the latest in a long line of replacements who President Trump has appointed to his Cabinet who are just as anti-LGBTQ as their predecessors", said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD in a statement to Towleroad.

He said that, at 68 years old and partially retired, "I feel that I'm in a position in life where I can do the right thing and not really care about the consequences".

The meeting was short, and Trump asked him how he knew Robert Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections, or of any possible collaboration with Trump associates. He called him a friend of 30 years and said he couldn't imagine that Mueller would do anything that would justify his firing. Mueller is obligated to file some sort of report when he wraps up his investigations.

Barr addressed how some of his positions were portrayed in the media, particularly regarding the Mueller probe. "I have been anxious about this", Kennedy told CNN's John Berman.

"Under the regulations, I make the decision", he said.


On the first day of his US Senate confirmation hearing, William Barr indicated that his own summary of Mueller's findings would be released.

President Trump had "asked for no assurances, promises or commitments and I gave him none" over his appointment as the government's chief lawyer, Mr... And as attorney general in the first Bush administration, Barr supported pardons for former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and others charged or convicted in the Iran-Contra scandal because, Barr later said, they were "unjustly treated".

He said he raised his concerns at a lunch a year ago with the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and oversees his work. "However, I think we all acknowledged that Jeff Sessions possibly didn't want to recuse himself, but he did", Hirono shot back.

William Barr, attorney general nominee.

Senator Patrick Leahy said the memo in fact appeared to be a "job application" to replace Sessions, who angered Trump by recusing himself from overseeing Mueller. He said Barr is a self-described "law nerd".

"The most interesting part of it, maybe the most disturbing part of it-it's not Mr. Barr's fault-and I have been afraid of this, is whether the report will be made public is very uncertain".

"I believe it is vitally important that the Special Counsel be allowed to complete his investigation", Barr wrote in prepared testimony obtained by CBS News correspondent Paula Reid. "But his understanding is the Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation rules say Mr. Mueller will make a report to Mr. Barr and Mr. Barr will make some kind of report to Congress". "I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based exclusively on the law and will let no personal, political, or other improper interests influence my decisions".

"Employees of the Justice Department are furloughed or they are working without pay", Klobuchar said to Barr. It is not clear how much of the investigation will be left by then. For much of 2018, Trump made no secret of his displeasure with Jeff Sessions for his decision to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation.

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