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Democrats balk at Barr’s apparent Mueller report redactions
Attorney general expects to send redacted report to Congress by mid-April, willing to testify in early May

Attorney General William P. Barr expects to release a redacted version of the Mueller report by mid-April. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As Attorney General William Barr prepares to hand Congress a scrubbed version of the Mueller report “by mid-April or sooner,” he wrote lawmakers Friday, House Democrats, who want to see the special counsel’s findings in their full and unredacted form, appear to be facing an uphill climb.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler blasted Barr on Friday for “expending valuable time and resources trying to keep certain portions of this report from Congress” instead of acquiescing to Democratic demands not to redact anything from the report except information that would compromise U.S. intelligence sources and methods.

Lindsey Graham calls for a special counsel investigation on ‘the other side of the story’ following Mueller report
 

Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke highly of special counsel Robert S. Mueller's work Monday, following the delivery of his report late last week on Russian interference. The report found that President Donald Trump and his campaign did not conspire or coordinate with Russian actors to influence the 2016 election.

Graham then called for further investigation into “the other side of the story,” referring to a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant allowing the Justice Department to surveil Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

Amid Reports of Rosenstein Firing, Democrats Want Vote to Protect Mueller
One Democrat suggest Judiciary hearing on Trump obstructing justice, GOP member wants Rosenstein to testify

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrives in the Capitol for a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the Russia investigation in May 24. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As news broke Monday morning that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was resigning or expecting to be fired, Democrats were quick to call for congressional action to protect the special counsel investigation that Rosenstein has managed. 

“With Rosenstein’s departure there is one less barrier protecting the Mueller investigation from President [Donald] Trump’s interference,” Florida Rep. Val Demings said in a statement. “Congress must take immediate steps to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law — which protects all of us — by shielding the Mueller investigation against President Trump’s obstruction."

Trump Conditionally Agrees to Mueller Interview, Again
President also says date and location set for North Korea meeting

President Donald Trump delivers remarks during the Lation Coalition's Legislative Summit at the J.W. Marriott March 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump said Friday that he would “love to speak” to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and would go against his attorneys’ advice not to if he thought the interview process would be fair.

“If I thought it was fair I would override my lawyers,” the president told reporters at the White House before leaving for a trip to Texas.