Trump’s nominee for the Attorney General position appeared before the Senate today to face questions before confirmation.
Here are a few of his answers concerning the Muller investigation courtesy of CBS News:
On whether he will allow Trump or his attorneys to “edit” the report as suggested by Rudy Giuliani:
Barr also committed that he would not allow the president or his attorneys to edit the special counsel report before it is made public. Blumenthal asked Barr, if the attorney general makes deletions to the report, whether he would share with Congress any deletions.
“I will commit to providing as much information as I can consistent with the regulations,” Barr said. However, he said that he would not make a pledge to the president or to the Judiciary Committee that he would not exercise his power as attorney general to be involved in the special counsel investigation.
On protecting the Mueller investigation:
Barr said he believes it is “vitally important” that special counsel Robert Mueller be able to complete his investigation.
Barr said he expects the special counsel is “well along” in his investigation. But at the same time, Barr said, Mr. Trump has been firm that he was not involved in Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 investigation.
“The country needs a credible resolution to these issues,” Barr said, adding he won’t let politics, personal interests or any other improper interest interfere in the investigation.
“On my watch, Bob will be allowed to finish his work,” Barr said.
And finally on releasing the Mueller report:
Despite his promises to provide “transparency,” Barr’s testimony suggests that he may not intend to make Mueller’s final report public.
Under the special counsel regulations, Mueller’s only requirement at the end of the investigation is to submit a final report to the attorney general. The attorney general decides what, if anything, becomes public. Barr has repeatedly testified that he believes the special counsel’s report is confidential, but he may write his own version for public consumption.
“My objective and goal is to get as much as I can of the information to Congress and the public,” Barr said in response to a question from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, adding that he would try to get the information out in accordance with Justice Department regulations.
Barr testified that he expects Mueller’s report will summarize “prosecutive or declination decisions” and that those summaries will be treated like any such material within the Justice Department. Declination memos, summarizing evidence where no charges are brought, are closely held within the department and never released to the public.
This is a little troubling.
However as I have said before I think we are going to see the report, and I think that both Robert Mueller and the House Democrats are going to make sure that we see it.
Which is good because I have no doubt that Barr is going to be confirmed easily.