Other Democrats made similar comments as Barr appeared before the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee for a hearing originally meant to address Barr's fiscal 2020 spending request for the Justice Department.
While no lawmaker yet knows exactly what is in the report, Barr did release a four-page summary letter a few days after Mueller turned his report in to the Justice Department.
Barr's testimony before the appropriations subcommittee was scheduled to discuss the DOJ's budget, but he will return to Capitol Hill in May to specifically answer questions related to special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russian Federation investigation.
Barr says grand jury information, details that could reveal confidential intelligence sources and information that would interfere with ongoing cases will be redacted.
Rep. Jose Serrano tells Barr there are "serious concerns about the process by which you formulated your letter".
The escalating political battle over Special Counsel Robert Mueller III's report centers on redactions: a lawyerly editing process that has angered distrustful Democrats eager to see the all evidence and conclusions from his 22-month investigation of President Trump's conduct and Russia's elaborate interference operation during the 2016 election.
Barr's handling of the almost 400-page report has roiled Washington in recent weeks, with Democrats pressing to learn the full scope of what the Special Counsel's investigation found.
"I've said what I'm going to say about the report today", he said. "But I would hope my budget is there to protect the people of the United States, and protect the Affordable Care Act, and protect the rights of citizens who worry about how they're going to be treated in the courts".
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Barr told lawmakers on Tuesday that the special counsel is helping to identify areas of the report that need to be redacted and that explanations will be offered as to why certain portions of the text needed to be overhauled. Barr didn't answer, insisting he has said everything he planned to say about the report until it comes out.
The attorney general also announced something else likely to please Graham: a forthcoming report about investigators' use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the Russian Federation investigation.
Lowey, the chair of the full House Appropriations Committee, blasted Barr for his "unacceptable handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report".
Nadler and Democrats say they won't be satisfied with a redacted copy; they want Mueller's full conclusions and his full supporting material.
He has noted that Mueller found no evidence of collusion by the Trump campaign, but did not draw a conclusion on obstruction of justice.
"From a prosecutor's standpoint, the bottom line is binary, which is: charges or no charges", Barr said.
Asked about the House Democrats mulling a subpoena to force Barr to release the unredacted report, the attorney general said, "there's been a recent case decided in the District of Columbia just, I think within the last week, on this that 6 (e) material is not releasable".
Cartwright then pressed Barr that the Justice Department is "devoting scarce resources" to the legal effort with dire consequences for consumers.
"That's great news he's looking into how this whole thing started back in 2016", Representative Jim Jordan of OH, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said Tuesday of Barr's interest in the issue.