Attorney General Barr tepidly backs DOJ's position to no longer defend 'Obamacare'

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"Congress is - as a matter of law - entitled to each of the categories AG Barr proposed to redact from the Special Counsel's report", Nadler said Tuesday.

'What's on everyone's mind right now is how much is he going to redact?.

Barr said he did not have insight into why some on Mueller's team were upset.

Barr also faced questions about the Justice Department's endorsement of a federal court's ruling to invalidate the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, a drastic shift from the administration's previous position that certain facets of the law should be shot down. Barr sent a letter to Congress with Mueller's "principal conclusions".

The attorney general appeared before a House appropriations subcommittee to discuss his department's budget request - normally a sleepy affair - but Democrats, in particular, were more interested in asking questions about the report.

That includes the most crucial and potentially damning information Democrats seek: testimony and documents from Mueller's grand jury, a panel of citizens convened to develop and hear the evidence and depose key witnesses behind closed doors.

Attorney General William Barr arrives to deliver remarks at a Justice Department African American History Month event in Washington, U.S., February 26, 2019. "Even for someone who has done this job before, I would argue it's more suspicious than impressive", Lowey said. It was his first testimony before lawmakers since special counsel Mueller submitted his final report on the Russian Federation investigation to the DOJ last month. He also said that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, instead presenting evidence on both sides of the question. They will be color-coded to correspond to the four main areas that Barr plans to shield from public view, with an explanation accompanying each redaction: grand jury information, information that could reveal intelligence sources and methods, information that might interfere with ongoing prosecutions, and information that "implicates the privacy or reputational interest of peripheral players", Barr said. Barr's nine-page written statement that was released Monday ahead of the hearing made zero mention of Mueller or the special counsel's report.

His summary stated that Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates, and that Barr, along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, did not find evidence to prove the president had obstructed justice.

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They, along with their colleagues, say the report should be released without redactions. The almost 400-page report is being scoured now to remove grand jury information and details relating to pending investigations.

This is his first public appearance since releasing his four page summary of the Mueller report.

Get more from Chaffetz in the "America's Newsroom" clip above.

During a congressional hearing, Barr was repeatedly challenged by Democrats who raised suspicions that he may have misrepresented Mueller's report to paint the Republican president in a better light.

"I was dismayed because we have the Justice Department spending money that we appropriate pushing a lawsuit that they know is just going through the motions.to satisfy certain political elements", Cartwright explained.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, suggested the full report may raise new questions for Trump but would not contain anything that would threaten the presidency.

"I will consider whatever it takes to get people to see this report", said Representative José Serrano, D, chairman of the Appropriations commerce, justice, science and related agencies subcommittee.

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