Barr on the Hill

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates for the Department of Justice in Washington, U.S. April 10, 2019. Photo credit: Erin Scott/Reuters

We’re still waiting on the redacted Mueller report. Attorney General Bill Barr says it should be released within the week. In Barr’s testimony, he wouldn’t say whether the Department of Justice has briefed or would brief the White House on the report. That’s new — DOJ officials previously said the White House had not and would not be briefed on the report. Plus, Josh and Ken discuss why grand jury information is secret and the right time, if any, to seek such information.

Speaking of secret information, can the president be forced to release his tax returns? House Democrats sent a formal request to the IRS for President Trump’s tax returns. The White House is ready to fight. What’s the legal argument against complying with a request from Congress?

Plus: Michael Cohen’s last-ditch effort to stay out of prison, and Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Republican strategist Liz Mair (again) and his local newspaper for defamation.



Sara Fay