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Attorney General Barr's Congressional Testimony
May 3, 2019 at 01:17 PM

The Quick Facts

  • On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his handling of the Mueller report after it was concluded in March.
  • A large portion of the hearing focused on a letter from Mueller sent to Barr after the attorney general released his initial four page summary of the report’s findings. Mueller took issue with the summary, stating that the summary characterized his report in a way that "did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this Office's work and conclusions."
  • When Democrats questioned Barr about the letter, Barr defended his decisions and described Mueller’s communication as “a bit snitty.” Under more questioning, Barr repeated his belief that Trump’s actions related to the Russia probe did not break the law.
  • Following Barr’s appearance before the Senate committee, Barr was supposed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee as well. However, the attorney general skipped that hearing.

Food For Thought

Has Barr mishandled the release of the Mueller report? What did we learn from his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee?

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