Barr is Under Fire for Russia Probe Report

US Attorney-General lied to Congress, says Nancy Pelosi as pressure mounts over Mueller report on Donald Trump

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham sent a letter to special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday asking whether Mueller felt Attorney General William Barr misrepresented their phone conversation in his Senate testimony this week.

Mr Nadler said he wouldn't immediately issue a subpoena for Mr Barr's testimony but would first focus on getting the full Mueller report, likely including a vote holding Mr Barr in contempt of Congress.

In a letter to Barr, House Judiciary Chairman Nadler set the 9 am (1300 GMT) Monday deadline for Barr to comply with the subpoena demanding the unredacted report, as well as underlying evidence from the Mueller probe.

Meanwhile, Trump told reporters at the White House that he will decide in the coming days whether he will allow former White House lawyer Don McGahn to testify before US lawmakers or whether he will invoke executive privilege to block his testimony. "That's a crime." In that hearing, Barr claimed not to know whether Mueller supported his controversial memo summarizing the report and said he did not know why members of Mueller's team would be frustrated over the summary.

And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the press Barr is a disgrace and a liar.

Mueller's testimony is highly anticipated following the release of a redacted version of his report on the Russian Federation probe.

In an interview with the newspaper this week, the Democratic leader expressed worry over a scenario where Trump would not accept the election results if he were to lose re-election by a slim margin, the Times reported.

Mueller laid out evidence that Trump may have obstructed the probe in his final report but ultimately deferred the decision on whether to prosecute the president on that evidence to Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who declined. He has asked DOJ to make the more complete version of the Mueller report available to "all members", where, based on patterns of behavior from the partisan Democrats, it would nearly certainly be leaked to the media.

But Barr, who called Mueller's letter "a little bit snitty", said Mueller's reaction was different in a follow-up phone conversation. Christopher Coons, D-Del., who pressed the attorney general on whether he omitted key details of Mueller's report from his initial account of the findings.

Barr "was really, really solid and did a great job", Trump said after Wednesday's hearing.

"We will make one more good faith attempt to negotiate and to get access to the report that we need and then if we don't get that, we will proceed to hold the attorney general in contempt and we'll go from there", Nadler said Thursday.

In his report, Mueller wrote Trump "called McGahn and directed him to have the special counsel removed", which Trump has disputed.

Barr hesitated before acknowledging that presidential campaigns that are offered dirt from hostile foreign governments should probably contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation, unlike Donald Trump, Jr.'s "I love it".

It's not clear what Graham intended when he gave Mueller the opportunity to "provide testimony".

Nadler insisted Congress should be allowed to see raw evidence from the Russian Federation probe, arguing the Trump administration shared with the Republican-led House some 800,000 pages of "sensitive investigative materials" related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation, reported.

The committee chairman, Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, said last week the committee was "firming up the date" for Mueller's testimony and hoping it would be May 15.

The Justice Department said Barr cancelled his appearance over "unnecessary" changes to the format of the hearing, which would have included an extra hour of proceedings to allow for committee lawyers to question the attorney general.



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