Barr will tell Senate panel that ‘just eight percent’ of the Mueller...

Barr will tell Senate panel that ‘just eight percent’ of the Mueller report is redacted

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Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after reports reveal that Special Counsel Robert Mueller objected to the conclusions of Barr’s summary of Mueller’s report into Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election. May 1, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)
Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday but he skipped Thursday's hearing before the House Judiciary Committee because he objected to the committee's decision to allow its attorneys to question him as well as the members. (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr will tell a Senate panel Wednesday morning that “just eight percent” of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was redacted, according to a copy of Barr’s opening statement obtained by media outlets.

“We made every effort to ensure that the redactions were as limited as possible. According to one analysis, just eight percent of the public report was redacted. And my understanding is that less than two percent has been withheld in the minimally redacted version made available to Congressional leaders,” Barr will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT.

Lawmakers are almost certain to ask Barr about a Washington Post report that was published on Tuesday evening. The report said Mueller had notified Barr he had misgivings about the contents of a 4-page memo Barr wrote that summarized the findings of the report. The memo was sent to the chair and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees on March 24.

Barr is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

However, Barr’s House appearance is up in the air due to a dispute between himself and Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) over whether the committee’s chief counsel may ask questions at the hearing.

Nadler issued a subpoena for the full report on April 19, just one day after the redacted version was released.

The report said Mueller did not find any evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Mueller did not make a determination as to whether obstruction of justice had occurred.

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