House Democrats were given their first chance to question Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday, and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) didn’t hide her views on Barr’s handling of the final report from special counsel Robert Mueller.
Barr was testifying before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies on the Department of Justice’s budget request for the 2020 fiscal year, but questions quickly turned toward the Mueller report and a letter Barr sent to Congress on the topline findings of the investigation.
Lowey, the chair of the full House Appropriations Committee, blasted Barr for his “unacceptable handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.”
Expressing frustration with the lack of information given to Congress, Lowey pointed to news reports suggesting the final report from Mueller’s team is between 300 and 400 pages long.
“All we have is your four-page summary, which seems to cherry-pick from the report to draw the most favorable conclusion possible for the president,” she said. “And in many ways, your letter raises more questions than it answers.”
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Rep. Nita Lowey tells Attorney General Bill Barr his handling of the Mueller report is "unacceptable."
"All we have is your four-page summary, which seems to cherry-pick from the report, to draw the most favorable conclusion possible for the president" https://t.co/K14B77FXrb pic.twitter.com/V7pZmewGz4
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With a tinge of sarcasm in her voice, Lowey called it “extraordinary” that Barr was able to “evaluate hundreds of pages of evidence, legal documents, and findings based on a 22-month-long inquiry and make definitive legal conclusions in less than 48 hours.”
Lowey went on to call the quick turnaround on Barr’s letter to Congress “more suspicious than impressive.”
“I look forward to reviewing the Mueller report myself,” she added later in her remarks. “I know my constituents do as well.”
Lowey explained to Barr that she understood some redactions to the report would be necessary, as required by law, but urged “transparency” in the process.
“The American people deserve the facts,” she added.