Attorney General Bill Barr faces off with lawmakers on handing of the Mueller report

He refused to say whether he briefed the White House on the contents of the report and said he would not release the full report Democrats are demanding.
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Transcript for Attorney General Bill Barr faces off with lawmakers on handing of the Mueller report
And now to the grilling on capitol hill today. Attorney general William Barr answering questions, when will he make the Mueller report public, and how much of it will the American public actually see? Barr standing firm on issuing only a redacted version, and what Barr said today about his offer to Robert Mueller to see that first four-page summary from Barr. Mueller declined to review it. Here's ABC's Mary Bruce tonight. Reporter: Arriving on capitol hill today, attorney general bill Barr, for the first time, facing off with lawmakers about his handling of the Mueller report, promising there's more to come soon. Within a week, I will be in a position to release the report to the public. Reporter: But Barr refused to say whether he's briefed the white house in the two weeks since the special counsel handed in his report. Has the white house seen it since then? I've said what I'm going to say about the report today. Reporter: Barr says he won't be releasing the full report Democrats are and inning. There will be redactions -- with color-coded explanations. Today, the attorney general defended his decision to release his own four-page letter on the conclusions, even though the Mueller team reportedly prepared their own summaries. I was not interested in putting out summaries or trying to summarize, because I think any summary, regardless of who prepares it, not only runs the risk of, you know, being under inclusive or over inclusive but also would trigger a lot of discussion. Reporter: But Barr's letter did spark intense scrutiny. Muellers report did not weigh in on whether the president obstructed justice, but Barr's letter determined he had not. Today, the attorney general was pressed on whether he ran that by the special counsel. No, I don't think about it. Why not? Because it was my letter. His letter. Mary Bruce live on the hill Mary, the attorney general says he will only release, as I mentioned before, a redacted version of the Mueller report. As you know, Democrats tonight telling you and the team there on the hill that that's not enough? Reporter: Yeah, David, while Barr is promising to be transparent, even color-coding that redacted information so the public can see why it is being withheld, but that is not going to satisfy Democrats I've talked with here. They are still demanding the full report and the underlying evidence and David, they are willing to subpoena to get it. Mary Bruce live on the hill Mary, thank you.

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