Barr has said he is also removing material from grand-jury proceedings that by law can be made public only through a court order. If, as Democrats expect, Barr releases another "Mueller report" that is not actually the Mueller report, there's every sign that they plan to raise hell and work to break through the blatant cover-up.
Tuesday was his first congressional appearance since Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report, and Attorney General was asked numerous questions about the ultimate release of Mueller's findings. "He has been unresponsive to our requests". Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat and chairman of the House Judiciary panel, confirmed the May 2 date on Twitter and said he would like Mueller to testify.
"My original table of being able to release this by mid-April stands", he said.
Attorney General William Barr declared he thinks "spying did occur" against Donald Trump's presidential campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russian Federation investigation may have been mishandled, in remarks that aligned him with the president at a time when Barr's independence is under scrutiny.
It is not clear, however, if Mueller's report found that Trump obstructed justice during the investigation.
Democrats say they will not accept any redactions.
Barr's statement that he expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's almost 400-page report next week marked a slight change from the estimate he gave Tuesday, when he said the release would be within a week.
"It is like fundamentally rigging the game before we know what the actual score is", said Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe, who worked with Barr on a telecommunications case in the 1990s.
Across the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he had no concerns with Barr's handling of the report: "I think it really comes down to a question of whether you trust Bill Barr or not".
Barr wouldn't discuss the substance of Mueller's findings but did explain some of his process for receiving and reviewing the report and what to expect when it is released: He said the redactions will be color-coded and accompanied by notes explaining the decision to withhold information. Barr reconfirmed that the Office of the Inspector General has an ongoing investigation of the FISA process in the Russian Federation investigation and that the IG would complete this investigation in "May or June". "So numerous questions here today have gone toward a grassy knoll conspiracy theory", Aderholt said.
Rep. Nita Lowey, the Democratic chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, said she was taken aback that Barr had reduced Mueller's report to a four-page letter in just two days.
Barr further revealed he met with the special counsel team on March 5, 2019 and that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also attended.
Though Barr said at his January confirmation hearing that he didn't believe Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt, he struck a different tone Wednesday and said it "depends on where you're sitting".