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AG Barr to testify over Mueller report before House and Senate

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Special counsel Robert Mueller and U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Photos from Wikimedia Commons.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is expected to testify before House and Senate panels on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation next week.

The attorney general will appear before the House Judiciary Committee on May 2, one day after he answers questions about Mueller’s findings on Russian election interference and obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Hill reports. Politico also has coverage.

On Wednesday, Barr directed John Gore, the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, not to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The committee wanted to question Gore about his role in the Trump administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

A day earlier, the White House blocked Carl Kline, the former director of White House personnel security, from testifying before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform about the security clearance process.

Barr released a redacted version of Mueller’s 448-page report April 18 and emphasized that it found no collusion with the Russian government by Trump, by anyone associated with his campaign or by any American.

Barr said although Mueller found that Russia did attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, Trump’s assertions on collusion were correct. “As he said in the beginning, there was, in fact, no collusion,” Barr said.

Democrats have criticized Barr about his release and interpretation of Mueller’s findings and have asked that he provide the full report and related evidence to Congress, the Hill reports. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat in New York, has issued a subpoena for the documents, demanding that the DOJ comply by May 1.

See also: “Our top picks from Mueller report media coverage” “ABA president urges Barr to reconsider detention of some asylum-seekers” “Mueller report to be released Thursday; Barr says info in these 4 categories could be redacted” “AG Barr plans to use color-coding to explain Mueller report redactions”

ABA Journal: “The executive branch pushes the boundaries of the separation of powers” “Judge blocks citizenship question on 2020 census, cites ‘veritable smorgasbord’ of violations” “Second federal judge blocks census citizenship question in a broader ruling than the first”

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