Rejects Democrats’ demands to release it by next Tuesday…
Barr also said in a letter to lawmakers Friday that he’s available to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1 and the House Judiciary panel on May 2.
The new timing from Barr means that he won’t meet a deadline proposed by congressional Democrats to provide Mueller’s findings by April 2.
“We are preparing the report for release, making the redactions that are required,” Barr wrote. He also said Mueller’s report is almost 400 pages, not including tables and appendixes.
Mueller submitted his final report to Barr on March 22, concluding a 22-month investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Barr released a four-page summary of the report on March 24, saying that Mueller didn’t establish that President Donald Trump or anyone associated with his campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia.
However, Mueller didn’t exonerate Trump on the question of whether he obstructed the investigation, according to Barr’s summary. Rather, Mueller said the investigation provided evidence “on both sides of the question.”
Nonetheless, Barr said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reached their own conclusion that there wasn’t evidence of obstruction by the president.
Democrats and left-wing media, embarrassed by the anticlimactic conclusions have remained in denial over the findings, with some, such as House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., insisting that the full, approximately 400-page report, will offer evidence of collusion.
Schiff, along with other partisan committee chairs like Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., are continuing to mount their own investigations, even though previous probes by both the House and Senate turned up no evidence of Russian collusion.
Republican members of the Intelligence Committee unanimously called on Schiff to step down as chair in light of his outrageous insistence on finding collusion, but supported by Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, he remained defiant.
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