At Senate hearing, Attorney General Bill Barr defends his handling of the Mueller report

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr is sworn in before testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "the Justice Department's investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 1, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein.

Attorney General William Barr testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today. During the hours-long hearing, he defended his handling of the Mueller report and his decision to exonerate President Trump of obstructing justice. Barr also repeatedly suggested that Special Counsel Robert Mueller failed to finish his job by leaving the question of obstruction open. This hearing is the first time lawmakers got to question Barr directly about the report. It follows today’s release of a letter from late March that Mueller sent to Barr, in which Mueller seemed to criticize Barr’s summary of his findings.