Attorney General William Barr testified this morning in front of a House appropriations subcommittee.
While the hearing was scheduled to be about the Justice Department's budget, Democrats asked questions on a number of topics, including special counsel Robbert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
Here are the key takeaways from the hearing:
- The full Mueller report is coming: Barr said the Mueller report will be ready for release "within a week."
- But it will be redacted: Barr identified four types of information that will be redacted: Grand jury information, anything that would reveal intelligence sources and methods, information that could interfere with ongoing prosecution and information that implicates the privacy of "peripheral players."
- Barr dodged a tricky question: When Rep. Nita Lowey asked about whether Trump’s claims of “total” exoneration are accurate, Barr did not answer the specific question. Instead, he said that everyone will get a chance to read the report soon.
- On Obamacare: When asked about the Affordable Care Act and the lawsuit against it, Barr said he wants to let the courts "do their job."
- This country is the US's "highest priority" on counter-espionage: Barr says China poses a "very serious threat" and is "probably our highest priority" when it comes to counter-espionage.