Attorney General William Barr was slated to testify on Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s budget request for the Department of Justice. But it didn’t take long for the proceeding to stray from its designated topic, and focus in on Barr’s four-page summary of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s report.
Under questioning from Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY), Barr spelled out the criteria he is using for redacting the Mueller report:
“First is grand jury information…The second is information that the the intelligence community believes would reveal intelligence sources and methods.
The third are information in the report that could interfere with ongoing prosecutions. You’ll recall that the special counsel did spin off a number of cases that are still being pursued. And we want to make sure that none of the information in the report would impinge upon either the ability of the prosecutors to prosecute the cases, or the fairness to the defendants.
And finally, we intend to redact information that implicated the privacy or reputational interest of peripheral players where there is a decision not to charge them.
Watch above, via CNN.
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