AP FACT CHECK: Barr’s skewed view on airing Mueller report

Staff Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is distorting the facts when it comes to releasing special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in the Russia investigation.
In remarks Thursday at the Justice Department, Barr suggested he was not really supposed to be publicly releasing the two-volume report but, on the other hand, it was “long-standing” practice to share such types of confidential information with the White House.
He’s off-base on both fronts.
BARR: “These reports are not supposed to be made public.”
THE FACTS: He’s not going out on a limb for public disclosure.
Justice Department regulations give Barr wide authority to release a special counsel’s report in situations it “would be in the public interest.” Barr had made clear during his Senate confirmation hearing in January that he believed in transparency with the report on Mueller’s two-year investigation into Russian election interference during the 2016 campaign, “consistent with regulations and the law.”...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.

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