The Latest: Barr combing report for grand jury information
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and the special counsel’s Russia investigation (all times local):
Attorney General William Barr is combing through the special counsel’s report on the Russia probe, removing grand jury and classified information in hopes of releasing it in April and testifying to Congress.
That’s according to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who had dinner with Barr on Tuesday.
Graham tells The Associated Press the attorney general is going through the report now to make sure there’s nothing that could compromise national security or intelligence “sources and methods.”
Graham said Barr also wants to check with prosecutors who have cases stemming from the Russia probe so any release won’t undercut their ongoing investigations.
Special counsel Robert Mueller gave his report to the Justice Department last week.
President Donald Trump says the summary of the special counsel’s report “could not have been better,” but congressional Democrats are insisting that more information needs to be released from the two-year investigation into Russia’s election interference.
Trump took a victory lap of sorts Tuesday when he visited Capitol Hill for a gathering of Senate Republicans. Those attending a luncheon say the president was in a lively mood over the report’s favorable findings yet also wanted to move on to other issues.
House Democrats had their own get-together, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging calm and a renewed focus on policy matters such as health care, jobs and oversight of the Trump administration.
Meanwhile, Justice Department officials say more from the special counsel’s report could be released in a few weeks.