The House Judiciary Committee will call Attorney General William Barr to testify about the Mueller report

William BarrWilliam Barr testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2019.Yuri Gripas/Reuters

  • House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler announced he will call Attorney General William Barr to testify before the committee "in the near future" about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
  • Nadler cited what he views as "concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department" as the impetus for calling Barr to testify.
  • Barr's summary of Mueller's findings said that while Mueller did not "draw a conclusion - one way or the other - as to whether the examined conduct constitutes obstruction," Mueller's report "also does not exonerate" Trump of any criminal conduct.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced he will call Attorney General William Barr to testify before the committee "in the near future" about the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which Mueller submitted to Barr on Friday.

"In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify," Nadler wrote in a Sunday tweet following the release of Barr's summary of the report.

On Sunday evening, Barr released a 4-page summary of Mueller's findings regarding election interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice committed by President Donald Trump.

Barr's letter said that Mueller and his team of prosecutors did not make a "traditional prosecutorial judgment" as to whether Trump obstructed the Mueller probe itself and other federal investigations involving him.

Read more: Mueller found that there was no Trump-Russia conspiracy but did not 'exonerate' the president on obstruction

The letter said that while Mueller did not "draw a conclusion - one way or the other - as to whether the examined conduct constitutes obstruction," Mueller's report "also does not exonerate" Trump of any criminal conduct.

Barr continued that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the Mueller probe for most of its duration, concluded that the special counsel's findings were "not sufficient" to determine that Trump committed obstruction of justice.

Trump responded to Barr's summary with a celebratory tweet, writing "No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!" despite Barr saying Mueller's findings did not clearly exonerate the president.

"Special Counsel Mueller clearly and explicitly is not exonerating the President, and we must hear from AG Barr about his decision making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts," Nadler added.
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