Attorney General William Barr is defending his decision to send a letter to Congress detailing special counsel Robert Mueller’s principal conclusions because the public would not have tolerated waiting weeks for information.
Barr is testifying before a House appropriations subcommittee.
Mueller concluded his nearly two-year Russia investigation in late March. The special counsel submitted a nearly 400-page confidential report to Barr. The attorney general sent his four-page letter to Congress two days later.
Democrats have raised questions about how Barr was so quickly able to boil down Mueller’s report into four pages.
Barr says a redacted version of Mueller’s report will be made public within a week.
He says Mueller wasn’t involved in preparing the letter to Congress because it was “my letter.”