Attorney General says Mueller report will be released 'within a week'

Attorney General Barr defended his handling of the Mueller report to the House Appropriations Committee.
4:12 | 04/09/19

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Transcript for Attorney General says Mueller report will be released 'within a week'
As I said as you pointed absence my confirmation I do think it's important that the public have an opportunity. Two to learn the results of the the special counsel's work. And I said Dan that I would work diligently to make as much information. Public does he could and available congress is because it. You'll recognize that I'm operating under a regulation. That. Was put together. During the Clinton administration and does not provide for the publication of the report but I AM. Relying on my own discretion. To make it much public as I can't. Now in my letter between march 29 identified four areas. I feel should be redacted and I think most people would agree the first is. Grand jury information succeed in that theory. The second is information that the ice the intelligence community believes would feel intelligence sources and methods. The third our information in the report that could interfere with our ongoing prosecutions. You'll roll call that the special counsel in spin off a number of cases that are still being pursued. And we want to make sure that none of the information in the report which impinge upon either the ability of the prosecutors to prosecute. The cases. Or the fairness to the defense. And finally. It we intend to redact information. That implicates the privacy of reputation all interest of peripheral players were others decision not to charge them. Right now at the special counsel is working with us on. Identifying. Information in the reports that fall under those four categories. My original timetable. Of being able to release this. I needed April's stands and so Ari I think that. From my standpoint. By the party. Within a week. I'll be in a position to release or to the public and then I will. Engage with the chairman of both judiciary committees about that report about any further request that they act. The thinking of the special counsel. Was not a mystery to the people. The Department of Justice. Prior to his submission of the report he had been interacting. He and his people had been interacting with the deputy attorney general and and lawyers according to deputy attorney general. In his supervision of the special counsel in that context there had been discussions so. There were some inkling as to some of the thinking of the special counsel. Furthermore Iran. March fifth I believe the deputy and I met creative. Special counsel Mueller and his team and had a preliminary discussion about the reports that we had. An inkling as to what was coming or direction. And so even more thinking. Within the department was done about that over that time as a matter of weeks. And then when the report Cayman and Cayman. Approximately. Mid day. On Friday. The deputy attorney general and RI. And our staffs worked. A closely for. The balance of that day. Saturday. And Sunday. I said what I'm gonna say them out the report today. Aren't. Issued three letters about it. And I'm who was willing to discuss. Historic information. The report came to me and my decision on Sunday. I'd have already laid out the process. Is going forward. To release these reports hopefully within a week. And Marcus anything more. Reporters out everyone has a chance to look at.

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