His grievance, aired on Twitter, comes amid a push by House Democrats to obtain six years of Trump's personal and business tax returns as well as the full report of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Barr also revealed that the final report is approximately 400 pages in length, excluding tables and appendices, and that the White House will not have a chance to review the document before it is released with some redactions for national security purposes.
Boot cites an April 3 New York Times report in which members of Mueller's U.S. Justice Department team take issue with Barr's summation of the report. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, instead, made the decision, saying that the evidence was "not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense".
"The subpoena for the Mueller report and its underlying evidence commands the attorney general to do what the unthinkable is", said committee ranking member Doug Collins (R-Ga.). The committee does not plan to issue the subpoenas Wednesday, but once they are authorized, Nadler can issue them at any time afterward, according to a Democratic committee aide.
"We are entitled to that information and we need that information", Mr Nadler told reporters on Thursday.
I'm less frustrated than Mueller's team that the Barr summary of the legal findings was to President Trump's early political advantage.
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Barr, now in his second stint as U.S. Attorney General (the first occurring during the George H.W. Bush years), has returned to Capitol Hill fully aware that he would be tasked with receiving Mueller's confidential Russian Federation report and deciding what to do next.
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to give its chairman, Rep. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Barr has also offered to testify shortly after the report is released. The White House has also not received a preview copy of the report. And he said that Mueller did not reach a conclusion "one way or the other" as to whether Trump's conduct in office constituted obstruction of justice.
"Whether the president broke the law-or, more accurately, whether investigators can find evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that he broke the law-remains to be determined", Boot stresses.
"When's the last time over this whole two year process that you remembered seeing reporting that sourced to Mueller's investigators", Maddow asked.
The Times' lede paragraph was demolished by Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel, who pointed out that the story was based on the words of anonymous "government officials" and "others" who were "familiar" with what the Mueller "investigators" told their "associates".
At stake in the dispute - the first evidence of tension between Mr. Barr and the special counsel's office - is who shapes the public's initial understanding of one of the most consequential government investigations in American history.