U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said he appreciated the desire of the Electronic Privacy Information Center to obtain the Mueller report, a document detailing what he described as an "extremely important subject matter to the nation". "Although the President would have the right to assert privilege over certain parts of the report", Barr wrote in that letter, "he has stated publicly that he intends to defer to me and, accordingly, there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review".
Attorney General Bill Barr is scheduled to testify in Congress this week, and he will surely be peppered with questions about the investigation and how he has handled its conclusion, which has been widely criticized. While Mueller and his team did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, and reportedly laid out evidence on both sides of the question, Barr said in his summary that there is not enough evidence to establish the president obstructed justice - a conclusion some lawmakers felt was premature without the full report in hand.
"The thinking of the special counsel was not a mystery to the people at the Department of Justice prior to his submission of the report", Barr told Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY).
"This process is going along very well and my original timetable of being able to release this by mid-April stands", Barr said.
Barr said "the letter speaks for itself" and revealed that he gave Mueller an opportunity to review the letter, but he declined.
They falsely claimed Mueller had exonerated Trump, painted House Democrats' investigations as partisan overreach and planned to target news outlets and individual reporters they believe promoted the collusion story.
The House Judiciary Committee has approved, but not sent, subpoenas for the report, and top Democrats have said they are willing to take the battle to court.
The chairman of the subcommittee, Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano of NY, also said there were unanswered questions, including "serious concerns about the process by which you formulated your letter; and uncertainty about when we can expect to see the full report".
"I haven't seen the referrals yet from Congressman Nunes, but obviously if there is a predicate for an investigation it will be conducted", Barr said. Mueller also summarized the reasoning for and against bringing an obstruction charge against Trump. A separate investigation is being conducted by the Justice Department inspector general into the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation probe, which Barr said he expects to conclude sometime around May or June.
The host of the Fox News program, Maria Bartiromo, told Nunes that he "ought to be taking a victory lap here" after Barr's memo said there was no evidence of Russian collusion.