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WATCH: Barr says his letter on Mueller report ‘speaks for itself’

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.”

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